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ASAS-SN Discovery of A Likely Galactic Nova ASASSN-16kd

ATel #9469; K. Z. Stanek, C. S. Kochanek, J. S. Brown, T. W.-S. Holoien, J. Shields, G. Simonian (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), L. Chomiuk, J. Strader (MSU), J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory)
on 7 Sep 2016; 20:40 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Novae
Credential Certification: Krzysztof Stanek (stanek.32@osu.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Nova

Referred to by ATel #: 9477, 9479, 9480, 9482

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 detect a new transient source, most likely a classical nova, near the Galactic center

 
Object       RA (J2000)    DEC (J2000)    Gal l (deg)   Gal b (deg)    Disc. UT Date   Disc. V mag  
ASASSN-16kd  17:22:51.426  -31:58:36.28     354.78         2.463        2016-09-07.00    11.4 
ASASSN-16kd was discovered in images obtained on UT 2016-09-07.003 at V~11.4 mag, and we also have a detection of this transient on UT 2016-09-06.00 at V~12.1. We do not detect (V>17.4) the object in images taken on UT 2016-09-02.99 and before. No previous outbursts are detected in the previous 81 epochs of ASAS-SN data at this location since ASAS-SN started observing the Galactic center in March 2016.
 
JD         Observation Date    V mag  V err  
2457633.54  2016-09-02.04      >16.96   
2457634.49  2016-09-02.99      >17.45   
2457637.50  2016-09-06.00       12.13  0.01 
2457638.50  2016-09-07.00       11.43  0.01 
 
Follow-up observations are strongly encouraged.

We thank LCOGT and its staff for their continued support of ASAS-SN. ASAS-SN is supported by NSF grant AST-1515927, the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation, and the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) at OSU.