ASASSN-17bu: Discovery of A Probable Supernova in ESO 375-G 018
ATel #10033; G. Bock (Runaway Bay Observatory, Australia), J. S. Brown, K. Z. Stanek, T. W.-S. Holoien, C. S. Kochanek, J. Shields, T. A. Thompson (Ohio State), B. J. Shappee (Hubble Fellow, Carnegie Observatories), J. L. Prieto (Diego Portales; MAS), D. Bersier (LJMU), Subo Dong, S. Bose, Ping Chen (KIAA-PKU), J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), I. Cruz (Cruz Observatory), J. M. Fernandez (Observatory Inmaculada del Molino), S. Kiyota (Variable Star Observers League in Japan), R. A. Koff (Antelope Hills Observatory), G. Krannich (Roof Observatory Kaufering), G. Masi (Virtual Telescope Project, Ceccano, Italy), B. Nicholls (Mt. Vernon Obs., New Zealand), R. S. Post (Post Astronomy), G. Stone (Sierra Remote Observatories)
on 1 Feb 2017; 01:28 UT
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Subjects: Optical, Supernovae, Transient
Referred to by ATel #: 10048
During the ongoing All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN or "Assassin"), using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Cassius" telescope in Cerro Tololo, Chile, we discovered a new transient source, most likely a supernova, in the galaxy ESO 375-G 018.
ASASSN-17bu (AT 2017yv) was discovered in images obtained on UT 2017-01-31.19 at V~16.6 mag. We also detect the object in images obtained on UT 2017-01-29.21 (V~17.1). We do not detect (V>17.2) the object in images taken on UT 2017-01-27.25 and before. An image obtained on 2016-01-31 by G. Bock confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure shows the archival DSS image of the host (left) and the G. Bock confirmation image (right). The red circle has a radius of 5" and is centered on the position of the transient in the G. Bock image.
The position of ASASSN-17bu is approximately 1.9" North and 2.1" East from the center of the galaxy ESO 375-G 018 (z=0.015584, d=69.3 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute V-band magnitude of approximately -17.8 (m-M=34.17, A_V=0.229). Properties of the new source and photometry are summarized in the tables below:
Object RA (J2000) DEC (J2000) Disc. UT Date Disc. V mag Approx. Abs. Mag Offset from Host (")
ASASSN-17bu 10:23:40.431 -35:49:31.65 2017-01-31.19 16.6 -17.8 2.83
Obs. UT Date V mag
Follow-up observations are encouraged.
While we are participating in the TNS system to minimize potential confusion, ASAS-SN will continue using ASASSN-17xx transient names as our primary nomenclature (including supernovae, but also other classes of transients), and we encourage others to do the same. We prefer merging the names as ASASSN-17xx (AT 2017xyz) to preserve, rather than anonymize, the origin of the transient.
We thank Las Cumbres Observatory and its staff for their continued support of ASAS-SN. ASAS-SN is funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through grant GBMF5490 to the Ohio State University, NSF grant AST-1515927, the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) at OSU, the Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy (CASSACA), and the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation. For more information about the ASAS-SN project, see the ASAS-SN Homepage and the list of all ASAS-SN transients.