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Spectroscopic confirmation of MASTER OT J004514.13+420007.2 as a Classical Nova eruption in M31

ATel #8617; M. J. Darnley (LJMU), S. C. Williams (Lancaster)
on 31 Jan 2016; 00:15 UT
Credential Certification: Matt Darnley (M.J.Darnley@ljmu.ac.uk)

Subjects: Optical, Nova, Transient

We obtained a spectrum of the classical nova candidate MASTER OT J004514.13+420007.2 (ATel #8603, #8606) with the low-resolution (R~350) SPRAT spectrograph on the 2m Liverpool Telescope (Steele et al. 2004) on 2016 January 30.82 UT (2.4 days post-discovery; ATel #8606).

The spectrum shows strong and broad Balmer emission lines (Hα, Hβ, Hγ and Hδ), with the FWHM of Hα measured at 3,800 ± 100 km/s. He I emission lines are visible at 4471, 5048, 5876, and 6678 Å (and possibly at 7065 Å). N III is possibly detected in emission at 4638 Å. This spectrum confirms that MASTER OT J004514.13+420007.2 is a classical nova eruption in M31.