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ASAS-SN Discovery of A Probable Supernova in 2MASX J15510599+3425520

ATel #6870; S. Kiyota (Variable Star Observers League in Japan), T. W.-S. Holoien, K. Z. Stanek, C. S. Kochanek, A. B. Davis, G. Simonian, U. Basu, N. Goss, J. F. Beacom (Ohio State), B. J. Shappee (Hubble Fellow, Carnegie Observatories), J. L. Prieto (Diego Portales; MAS), D. Bersier (LJMU), Subo Dong (KIAA-PKU), P. R. Wozniak (LANL), J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), D. Szczygiel, G. Pojmanski (Warsaw University Observatory), E. Conseil (Association Francaise des Observateurs d'Etoiles Variables), R. A. Koff (Antelope Hills Observatory), J. Nicolas (Groupe SNAUDE, France)
on 3 Jan 2015; 17:46 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Supernovae
Credential Certification: Thomas Holoien (tholoien@astronomy.ohio-state.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Supernovae, Transient

During the ongoing All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN or "Assassin"), using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Brutus" telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii, we discovered a new transient source, most likely a supernova, in the galaxy 2MASX J15510599+3425520:

 
Object       RA (J2000)     DEC (J2000)      Disc. UT Date   Disc. V mag 
ASASSN-15ae  15:51:05.81   +34:25:55.80      2015-01-01.63    16.9 

ASASSN-15ae was discovered in images obtained on UT 2015-01-01.63 at V~16.9 mag. We do not detect (V>17.2) the object in images taken on UT 2014-12-29.65 and before. An image obtained by S. Kiyota on UT 2014-01-03.59 using a Planewave CDK 0.61-m telescope located at Sierra Remote Observatory confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure shows the archival DSS image of the host (left) and the S. Kiyota confirmation image (right). The red circle has a radius of 3.0" and is centered on the position of the transient in the S. Kiyota image.

The position of ASASSN-15ae is approximately 3.9" North and 3.1" West from the center of the galaxy 2MASX J15510599+3425520 (z=0.031238, d=133 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute V-band magnitude of approximately -18.8 (m-M=35.61, A_V=0.085). Follow-up observations are encouraged.

We thank LCOGT and its staff for their continued support of ASAS-SN. For more information about the ASAS-SN project, see the ASAS-SN Homepage and the list of all ASAS-SN transients.