ASAS-SN Discovery of A Likely Galactic Nova ASASSN-16kt at V=9.1
ATel #9538; K. Z. Stanek, C. S. Kochanek, J. S. Brown, T. W.-S. Holoien, J. Shields (OSU), 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 24 Sep 2016; 02:53 UT
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During the ongoing All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN
or "Assassin"), using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Cassius"
telescope in CTIO, Chile, we detect a new, very bright transient source,
most likely a classical nova, fairly close to the the Galactic plane
Object RA (J2000) DEC (J2000) Gal l (deg) Gal b (deg) Disc. UT Date Disc. V mag
ASASSN-16kt 05:29:01.82 -44:4940.89 330.091 9.569 2016-09-24.00 9.1
ASASSN-16kt was discovered in images obtained on 2016-09-24.00 at
V~9.1. We do not detect (V>17.5) the object in images taken on UT
2016-09-20.01 and before. No previous outbursts are detected at this
location since ASAS-SN started observing all of the Galactic plane in
Observation Date V mag V err
2016-09-24.00 9.11 0.01
Follow-up observations, especially multi-band photometry and spectroscopy, 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.