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Discovery of Possible Nova in M31 : P60-M31-080915

ATEL # 1719; M. M. Kasliwal, S. B. Cenko, A. Rau, E. O. Ofek, R. Quimby, S. R. Kulkarni (Caltech)
on 16 Sep 2008; 18:20 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice (Nova)
Password Certification: Mansi Manoj Kasliwal (mansi@astro.caltech.edu)

Subjects: Nova, Transients
Referred to by ATEL #: 1737

On UT 2008 Sep 15.36, P60-FasTING (Palomar 60-inch Fast Transients In Nearby Galaxies) discovered a possible nova in M31 at RA(J2000) = 00:42:51.42, DEC(J2000) = 41:01:54.0, offset from the nucleus by 1.34'E, 14.24'S. P60-M31-080915 has a brightness of g=19.1 +/- 0.2 at discovery (photometric calibration wrt NOMAD catalog). It is further confirmed to rise to g=17.6 on Sep 16.16. It is not detected, with 3-sigma upper limits of g > 20.5, g > 21.0, g > 21.7 on Sep 14.16, Sep 13.39 and Sep 11.39 respectively. Spectroscopic confirmation and classification is encouraged.


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