ASASSN-16eq: Discovery of A Probable Supernova in UGC 11898
ATel #8979; J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), J. S. Brown, T. W.-S. Holoien, K. Z. Stanek, C. S. Kochanek, D. Godoy-Rivera, U. Basu (Ohio State), B. J. Shappee (Hubble Fellow, Carnegie Observatories), J. L. Prieto (Diego Portales; MAS), D. Bersier (LJMU), Subo Dong, Ping Chen (KIAA-PKU)
on 22 Apr 2016; 23:52 UT
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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 UGC 11898.
ASASSN-16eq (AT 2016bsa) was discovered in images obtained on UT 2016-04-22.62 at V~16.3 mag. We also detect the object in images taken on UT 2016-04-15.62 (V~17.3). We do not detect (V>17.2) the object in images taken on UT 2016-04-13.62 and before. An image obtained on 2016-04-22 by J. Brimacombe confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure shows the archival SDSS g-band image of the host (left) and the J. Brimacombe confirmation image (right). The red circle has a radius of 5" and is centered on the position of the transient in the J. Brimacombe image.
The position of ASASSN-16eq is approximately 5.9" South and 3.8" West from the center of the galaxy UGC 11898 (z=0.014310, d=55.4 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute V-band magnitude of approximately -18.3 (m-M=33.69, A_V=0.869). 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-16eq 22:04:35.786 +42:19:32.31 2016-04-22.62 16.3 -18.3 7.02
Obs. UT Date V mag
Follow-up observations are encouraged.
While we are participating in the TNS system to minimize potential confusion, ASAS-SN will continue using ASASSN-16xx transient names as our primary nomenclature (including supernovae, but also other classes of transients), and we encourage others to do the same. We prefer merging the names as ASASSN-16xx (AT2016xyz) to preserve, rather than anonymize, the origin of the transient.
We thank LCOGT and its staff for their continued support of ASAS-SN. ASAS-SN is supported by NSF grant AST-1515927, the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) at OSU, the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation, George Skestos, and the Robert Martin Ayers Sciences Fund. For more information about the ASAS-SN project, see the ASAS-SN Homepage and the list of all ASAS-SN transients.