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ASASSN-17nz: Discovery of A Probable Supernova in MCG -03-60-023 Using New ASAS-SN Telescope "Bohdan Paczynski"

ATel #10897; J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), P. Vallely (OSU), J. L. Prieto (Diego Portales; MAS), K. Z. Stanek, J. S. Brown, C. S. Kochanek, J. Shields, T. A. Thompson (Ohio State), B. J. Shappee (IfA-Hawaii), T. W.-S. Holoien (Carnegie Observatories), D. Bersier (LJMU), Subo Dong, S. Bose, Ping Chen (KIAA-PKU), R. G. Farfan (Uraniborg Observatory, Sevilla, Spain), S. Kiyota (Variable Star Observers League in Japan), B. Nicholls (Mt. Vernon Obs., New Zealand), G. Stone (Sierra Remote Observatories)
on 26 Oct 2017; 17:58 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Supernovae
Credential Certification: Krzysztof Stanek (stanek.32@osu.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Supernovae

During the ongoing All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN, Shappee et al. 2014), using data from the newly deployed quadruple 14-cm "Paczynski" telescope in Cerro Tololo, Chile, we discovered a new transient source, most likely a supernova, in the galaxy MCG -03-60-023.

ASASSN-17nz (AT 2017hpj) was discovered in images obtained on UT 2017-10-24.19 at g~17.0 mag. We also detect the object in images obtained on UT 2017-10-22.18 (g~18.0). We do not detect (g>18.6) the object in images taken on UT 2017-10-21.19 and before. An image obtained on 2017-10-26 by J. Brimacombe confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure shows an archival DSS image of the host (left) and the J. Brimacombe confirmation image (right). The red circle has a radius of 4" and is centered on the position of the transient in the J. Brimacombe image.

The position of ASASSN-17nz is approximately 1.4" South and 6.1" West from the center of the galaxy MCG -03-60-023 (z=0.037026, d=152 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute g-band magnitude of approximately -19.0 (m-M=35.9, A_g=0.089). Properties of the new source and photometry are summarized in the tables below:

Object       RA (J2000)     DEC (J2000)      Disc. UT Date   Disc. g mag  Approx. Abs. Mag   Offset from Host (") 
ASASSN-17nz  23:54:20.506   -17:18:22.34     2017-10-24.19      17.0          -19.0               6.26 
Obs. UT Date         g mag 
2017-10-21.19        >18.6 
2017-10-22.18         18.0 
2017-10-24.19         17.0 

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 Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation, the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) at OSU, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy (CASSACA). For more information about the ASAS-SN project, see the ASAS-SN Homepage and the list of all ASAS-SN transients.