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HET Spectra of ROTSE3 J003842+405256

ATel #1161; R. Quimby (Texas)
on 27 Jul 2007; 22:47 UT
Credential Certification: Robert Quimby (quimby@astro.as.utexas.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Cataclysmic Variable, Nova, Transient

Low resolution optical spectra (420-890 nm) of ROTSE3 J003842+405256 (Yuan et al., ATel #1158) taken with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope on July 27.34 UT by S. C. Odewahn and V. Riley show that the transient is a nova in M31. Numerous emission lines are detected including H-alpha, H-beta, H-gamma, OI, FeII, and CaII. The nova belongs to the FeII type under the classification scheme of Williams 1992.