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ASAS-SN Discovery of A Probable Supernova in 2MASX J23063962-1234238

ATel #8051; G. Masi (Virtual Telescope Project, Ceccano, Italy), J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), J. S. Brown, K. Z. Stanek, T. W.-S. Holoien, C. S. Kochanek, 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), E. Falco (CfA), P. R. Wozniak (LANL), G. Pojmanski (Warsaw University Observatory), G. Bock (Runaway Bay Observatory, Australia), E. Conseil (Association Francaise des Observateurs d'Etoiles Variables), S. Kiyota (Variable Star Observers League in Japan), G. Krannich (Roof Observatory Kaufering), P. Marples, P. Pearl (Leyburn Observatory, Australia), B. Nicholls (Mt. Vernon Observatory, New Zealand)
on 13 Sep 2015; 16:59 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Supernovae
Credential Certification: Jonathan Brown (brown@astronomy.ohio-state.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Supernovae, Transient

Referred to by ATel #: 8072

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 2MASX J23063962-1234238.

ASASSN-15pr was discovered in images obtained on UT 2015-09-13.17 at V~16.6 mag. We do not detect (V>17.4) the object in images taken on UT 2015-09-11.47 and before. An image obtained on 2015-09-13 by G. Masi confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure shows the archival DSS image of the host (left) and the G. Masi confirmation image (right). The red circle has a radius of 3" and is centered on the position of the transient in the G. Masi image.

The position of ASASSN-15pr is approximately 1.71" North and 2.15" West from the center of the galaxy 2MASX J23063962-1234238 (z=0.033093, d=134 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute V-band magnitude of approximately -19.1 (m-M=35.64, A_V=0.094). 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-15pr  23:06:39.497    -12:34:22.39      2015-09-13.17      16.6          -19.1               2.75 
Obs. UT Date         V mag 
2015-09-11.47        >17.4 
2015-09-13.17         16.6 

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.