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ATEL # 1789; A. W. Shafter (SDSU), R. Ciardullo (PSU), M. F. Bode, M. J. Darnley (Liverpool J MU, UK), K. A. Misselt (U. Arizona)
on 18 Oct 2008; 21:43 UT
Password Certification: Allen W. Shafter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subjects: Optical, Nova, Transients
A spectrum (410-950 nm) of the recent M31 nova candidate, M31N 2008-10a, was obtained by John Caldwell and Chevo Terrazas with the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope (+ Marcario Low-Resolution Spectrograph) on 2008 October 18.3 UT, approximately 11 days post discovery. The spectrum is dominated by relatively narrow Balmer and Fe II emission features (FWHM H&alpha ~ 1200 km/s) superimposed on a flat continuum. These data confirm that M31N 2008-10a is a classical nova, and that it is a member of the Fe II spectral class.