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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
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice Supernovae
Credential Certification: Krzysztof Stanek (stanek.32@osu.edu)

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 
2016-09-20.98        >17.4 
2017-01-04.66         17.5 

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 transients.