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Possible optical Nova in M 31

ATEL # 1257; W. Pietsch (Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik, MPE), V. Burwitz (MPE), A. Updike (Clemson University, CU), P. Milne, G. Williams (University of Arizona), D. Hartmann (CU)
on 2 Nov 2007; 16:43 UT
Password Certification: Wolfgang Pietsch (

Subjects: Optical, Nova
Referred to by ATEL #: 1276

We report the discovery of an optical nova candidate in M 31 on two 8*60sec stacked R filter CCD images obtained with the robotic 60cm telescope with an E2V CCD (2kx2k) Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System (Super-LOTIS, located at Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA) on 2007 Nov 2.28 and 2.37 with respective magnitudes of 16.9 and 17.0. The position for the nova candidate is RA = 00h42m37.29s, Dec = +41d17'10.3" (J2000, accuracy of 0.2"), which is 1' 19" west and 1' 2" north of the core of M 31. All magnitudes given are obtained from a photometric solution using R magnitudes of the Massey M 31 catalogue. No object is visible (limiting R magnitude of ~19.5) at the position of the nova candidate on Super-LOTIS images of 2007 Nov 1.27 and 1.36.

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