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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
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Supernovae
Credential Certification: Jonathan Brown (brown@astronomy.ohio-state.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Supernovae, Transient

Referred to by ATel #: 8992, 9836, 10298, 10344, 10391, 10554, 10823, 11305

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 
2016-04-13.62        >17.2 
2016-04-15.62         17.3 
2016-04-22.62         16.3 

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.