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ASAS-SN Discovery of A Probable Supernova in ESO 159-G023

ATel #8047; P. Marples, P. Pearl (Leyburn Observatory, Australia), G. Bock (Runaway Bay Observatory, Australia), T. W.-S. Holoien, K. Z. Stanek, C. S. Kochanek, J. S. Brown, D. Godoy Rivera, G. Simonian, U. Basu, J. F. Beacom, T. A. Thompson (Ohio State), B. J. Shappee (Hubble Fellow, Carnegie Observatories), J. L. Prieto (Diego Portales; MAS), D. Bersier (LJMU), Subo Dong, Ping Chen (KIAA-PKU), J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), E. Falco (CfA), P. R. Wozniak (LANL), G. Pojmanski (Warsaw University Observatory), E. Conseil (Association Francaise des Observateurs d'Etoiles Variables), I. Cruz (Cruz Observatory), S. Kiyota (Variable Star Observers League in Japan), G. Masi (Virtual Telescope Project, Ceccano, Italy), B. Nicholls (Mt. Vernon Obs., New Zealand)
on 12 Sep 2015; 19:37 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Supernovae
Credential Certification: Thomas Holoien (tholoien@astronomy.ohio-state.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Supernovae, Transient

Referred to by ATel #: 8052

During the ongoing All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN or "Assassin"), using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Cassius" telescope in Cerro Tololo, Chile, we discovered a new transient source, most likely a supernova, in the galaxy ESO 159-G023.

ASASSN-15pp was discovered in images obtained on UT 2015-09-12.31 at V~16.4 mag. We also detect the object in images obtained on UT 2015-09-08.41 (V~16.1). We do not detect (V>16.5) the object in images taken on UT 2015-09-03.34 and before. An image obtained by P. Marples and P. Pearl on UT 2015-09-12.58 from Leyburn Observatory in Australia confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure shows the archival DSS image of the host (left) and the P. Marples confirmation image (right). The red circle has a radius of 5" and is centered on the position of the transient in the confirmation image.

The position of ASASSN-15pp is approximately 12.0" South and 2.9" East from the center of the galaxy ESO 159-G023 (z=0.02396, d=101 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute V-band magnitude of approximately -18.8 (m-M=35.02, A_V=0.174). Properties of the new source and photometry are summarized in the tables below:

 
Object       RA (J2000)     DEC (J2000)      Disc. UT Date   Disc. V mag  Approx. Abs. Mag   Offset from Host (") 
ASASSN-15pp  05:40:09.96    -55:32:34.84      2015-09-12.31      16.4          -18.8               12.35 
 
Obs. UT Date         V mag 
2015-09-03.34        >16.5 
2015-09-08.41         16.1 
2015-09-12.31         16.4 

Follow-up observations are encouraged.

We thank LCOGT and its staff for their continued support of ASAS-SN. ASAS-SN is supported by NSF grant AST-1515927, the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation, and the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) at OSU. For more information about the ASAS-SN project, see the ASAS-SN Homepage and the list of all ASAS-SN transients.