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OGLE-2016-NOVA-01: the 2016 eruption of recurrent nova LMCN 1968-12a

ATel #8578; P. Mroz, A. Udalski (Warsaw University Observatory)
on 22 Jan 2016; 12:37 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Novae
Credential Certification: Przemek Mroz (pmroz@astrouw.edu.pl)

Subjects: Optical, Cataclysmic Variable, Nova, Transient

Referred to by ATel #: 8586, 8587, 8615, 8616, 8626

We report the discovery of an apparent nova (OGLE-2016-NOVA-01) located toward the Large Magellanic Cloud in data from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) sky survey.

The nova is located at equatorial coordinates (RA,DEC) = (05:09:58.40, -71:39:52.7), which are consistent with those of a recurrent nova LMCN 2010-11a = LMCN 1990-02a = LMCN 1968-12a (Mroz et al. 2014, MNRAS, 443, 784). It would be the fourth known eruption of this system. The nova was saturated on the image taken on 2016 January 21.2094 UT, meaning that it was brighter than 11.5 mag. In the previous frame, taken on 2016 January 17.2363 UT, the nova had a normal quiescent brightness around 19 mag.

Follow-up observations are strongly encouraged.

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