Catalina/Palomar Optical Transient
ATel #1606; M. Ganeshalingam, C. V. Griffith, A. V. Filippenko, and R. J. Foley (University of California, Berkeley)
on 7 Jul 2008; 18:39 UT
Credential Certification: Weidong Li (email@example.com)
Subjects: Optical, Star, Supernovae, Transient, Variables
Referred to by ATel #: 1636
Inspection of a CCD
spectrum (range 330-1000 nm), obtained on July 7 UT with the 3-m Shane
reflector (+ Kast spectrograph) at Lick Observatory, shows that the
transient reported in ATel 1604 has a very blue, featureless continuum.
This could be a very young Type II supernova (though at this time
no clear hydrogen Balmer features are present), or some kind of Galactic
transient. Further observations are encouraged.