ASASSN-17ae: Discovery of A Probable Supernova in 2MASX J16170338+1041359
ATel #9948; R. S. Post (Post Astronomy), J. Shields (OSU), Subo Dong (KIAA-PKU), K. Z. Stanek, C. S. Kochanek, T. W.-S. Holoien, J. S. Brown, T. A. Thompson (Ohio State), B. J. Shappee (Hubble Fellow, Carnegie Observatories), J. L. Prieto (Diego Portales; MAS), D. Bersier (LJMU), S. Bose, Ping Chen (KIAA-PKU), J. Brimacombe (Coral Towers Observatory), G. Bock (Runaway Bay Observatory, Australia), J. M. Fernandez (Observatory Inmaculada del Molino), S. Kiyota (Variable Star Observers League in Japan), P. Marples (Leyburn Observato
on 6 Jan 2017; 19:51 UT
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Subjects: Optical, Supernovae
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 2MASX J16170338+1041359.
ASASSN-17ae (AT 2017ai) was discovered in images obtained on UT
2017-01-04.66 at V~17.5 mag. We do not detect (V>17.4) the object in
images taken on UT 2016-09-20 and before. An image obtained on
2017-01-05 by R. Post confirms the discovery of the transient. This figure
shows the archival SDSS g-band image of the host (left) and the
R. Post confirmation image (right). The red circle has a radius of 5"
and is centered on the position of the transient in the R. Post image.
The position of ASASSN-17ae is approximately 0.3" South and
11.5" West from the center of the galaxy 2MASX J16170338+1041359
(z=0.050270, d=216 Mpc, via NED), giving an absolute V-band magnitude
of approximately -19.3 (m-M=36.67, A_V=0.17). 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-17ae 16:17:02.622 10:41:36.17 2017-01-04.66 17.5 -19.3 11.5
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-17xx 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-17xx (AT 2017xyz) to preserve, rather than
anonymize, the origin of the transient.
We thank Las Cumbres Observatory 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
Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy
(CASSACA), 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