Spectroscopic Observations of the M31 nova PNV J00425571+4117524 and the M31 nova candidate PNV J00452885+4154094
ATel #3727; A. W. Shafter (SDSU), R. Ciardullo (PSU), M. J. Darnley, M. F. Bode (Liverpool JMU, UK)
on 31 Oct 2011; 06:22 UT
Credential Certification: Allen W. Shafter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subjects: Optical, Nova, Transient
We report spectroscopic observations of the recent
M31 nova candidate PNV J00452885+4154094 (discovered
by S. Korotkiy and L. Elenin on 2011 Oct. 22.460 UT), as well as
additional spectroscopic observations of the confirmed
M31 nova, PNV J00425571+4117524 (ATels #3693, #3699, #3712, #3725).
The latter observations were obtained in order to determine if
PNV J00425571+4117524, originally classified as an Fe IIb nova by
Shafter et al. (ATel #3699) based on a spectrum
obtained ~1.5 days after discovery, might evolve into a Hybrid
system characterized by a He/N-type spectrum. At our request,
spectra of both objects (410–950 nm) were obtained by
J. Caldwell on 2011 Oct. 29.33 UT with the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly
Telescope (+ Marcario Low-Resolution Spectrograph).
The spectrum of the nova candidate, PNV J00452885+4154094,
reveals prominent TiO bands at 705.4 nm and 766.6 nm
superimposed on a very red continuum, indicating that
the object is a long-period (Mira) variable in M31, and not a nova.
Our follow-up spectrum of the confirmed nova, PNV J00425571+4117524,
taken ~10 days post-discovery, now reveals narrow Balmer,
Fe II (multiplets 37,38,42,48,49), He I (λ 667.8 nm,
λ 706.5 nm, and possibly λ 587.6 nm blended with Na D),
and Ca II infrared triplet (λ 849.8 nm, λ 854.2 nm,
λ 866.2 nm) emission lines (FWHM Hα ~ 900 km/s;
EW Hα ~ -17 nm) superimposed on a relatively flat continuum.
These observations, along with the recent spectrum obtained by
Barsukova et al. (ATel #3725), suggest that the object is not a
Hybrid nova, but rather an (unusual) Fe II nova with narrowing
lines and emerging He I emission.
A.W.S. thanks the NSF for support through AST-1009566
HET Spectra of Local Group Novae