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iPTF Discovery of an Apparent Nova in M31

ATel #5844; S. Tang (Caltech/UCSB), Y. Cao (Caltech), and M. M. Kasliwal (Carnegie/Princeton) on behalf of the iPTF collaboration
on 2 Feb 2014; 23:54 UT
Credential Certification: Sumin Tang (tangsm@gmail.com)

Subjects: Optical, Nova, Transient

Referred to by ATel #: 5852, 6374, 6564

The intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (ATel #4807) report the discovery of an apparent nova in M31, iPTF14lf, at RA = 00:43:26.76, Dec = +41:23:33.3. This optical transient was detected on two iPTF images on UT Feb 2.1, 2014 at magnitude R=18.35. Nothing was there at this location on UT Jan 29, and previous iPTF images (typically nightly observations), with typical limiting magnitudes R~21 mag.