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ASASSN-16jt: Discovery of A Probable Supernova in ESO 344-G 021

ATel #9439; J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), J. S. Brown, K. Z. Stanek, T. W.-S. Holoien, C. S. Kochanek, J. Shields (Ohio State), B. J. Shappee (Hubble Fellow, Carnegie Observatories), J. L. Prieto (Diego Portales; MAS), D. Bersier (LJMU), Subo Dong, S. Bose, Ping Chen (KIAA-PKU), G. Krannich (Roof Observatory Kaufering), G. Masi (Virtual Telescope Project, Ceccano, Italy), B. Nicholls (Mt. Vernon Obs., New Zealand), J. Nicolas (Groupe SNAUDE, France), R. S. Post (Post Astronomy), G. Stone (Sierra Remote Observatories)
on 31 Aug 2016; 19:38 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 #: 9445, 9475

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 ESO 344-G 021.

ASASSN-16jt was discovered in images obtained on UT 2016-08-31.09 at V~16.2 mag. We do not detect (V>17.8) the object in images taken on UT 2016-08-26.24 and before. An image obtained on 2016-08-31 by J. Brimacombe confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure shows the archival DSS 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-16jt is approximately 4.8" South and 2.1" East from the center of the galaxy ESO 344-G 021 (z=0.010783, d=41.3 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute V-band magnitude of approximately -16.9 (m-M=33.06, A_V=0.035). We note the proximity of ASASSN-16jt to the previously reported transient AT 2016cvk (RA, Dec = 22:19:49.390, -40:40:03.20), which was discovered on 2016-06-12. Due to positional restrictions of TNS reportings, ASASSN-16jt does not have a TNS designation at this time. 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-16jt  22:19:49.418   -40:40:04.65     2016-08-31.09      16.2          -16.9               5.24 
 
Obs. UT Date         V mag 
2016-08-26.24        >17.8 
2016-08-31.09         16.2 

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, and the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation. For more information about the ASAS-SN project, see the ASAS-SN Homepage and the list of all ASAS-SN transients.