Discovery of a bright nova in M31

ATel #10955; A. S. Igarashi, M. Henze, A. W. Shafter, J. Horst (SDSU), T. A. Rector (U. Alaska, Anchorage)
on 12 Nov 2017; 06:34 UT
Credential Certification: Allen W. Shafter (ashafter@mail.sdsu.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Nova, Transient

Referred to by ATel #: 10981

We report the discovery of a bright (B~16.0) nova in M31 on a 240s CCD image taken on Nov. 12.103 UT using the WIYN 0.9m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The nova is located R.A. = 0h 42m 43.28s, Decl. = +41d 17' 15.2" (J2000), which is approximately 66" N and 12" W of the center of M31. The nova was seen on successive images and no minor planet is expected at this position. The nova was not visible during observations taken the previous night on Nov. 11.265 UT down to B~19. Continued photometric monitoring and spectroscopic observations are encouraged. A finding chart is linked below (North up, East left, ~5' on a side).

Finding chart