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Possible Nova in M31

ATEL # 884; V. Burwitz (Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik, MPE), W. Pietsch (MPE), A. Stefanescu (MPE), F. Schrey (MPE), D. Hatzidimitriou (Department of Astrophysics, University of Crete, UOC), P. Reig (UOC), G. Papamastorakis (UOC)
on 17 Sep 2006; 14:01 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice (Nova)
Password Certification: Vadim Burwitz (

Subjects: Optical, Nova
Referred to by ATEL #: 887

We report the discovery of a possible nova in M31 on an R filter CCD image (2006 September 17.03741, 17.1 mag) obtained at the 1.3m Ritchey Chretien f/7.5 Telescope at Skinakas Observatory, Crete, Greece using the Roper CCD Camera (with a SITE 1k x 1k chip with 24um sq. pixels). The position obtained for the nova candidate is RA(2000) = 00h 42m 41.45s, Dec(2000) = +41 14' 44.55" with an accuracy of 0.11". A previous image from 2006 September 14.04650 shows no object at the position of the nova candidate brighter than the limiting magnitude of 18.8 so close to the core of M31. All magnitudes given are from a photometric solution using R magnitudes of the Massey M31 catalog.

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