Nova Cen 2001 = V1039 Cen

(vsnet-alert 6722)

Possible Nova in Cen (Liller)

W. Liller has comminicated the discovery of the following possible nova. There is no known variable star, nor IRAS or MSX5C source.


Hola Amigos -

There is an apparent nova (mag 8.6) on two Kodak Tech Pan photographs taken at UT Oct. 1.0098 and Oct. 1.0107 with an 85mm camera (+orange filter). The approximate location of the star is R.A. = 13h 55.5m, Dec. = -64d 16' (equinox 2000). Nothing brighter than 11.0 appears at this location on photographs taken on Sep. 19.000.

Confirmation is kindly requested. And PLEASE NOTE that in a few more hours, I will be leaving for a 10-day trip to the USA. Therefore, I will be unable to get a precise position or a confirming spectrogram.

Thank you. And all the best to all, Bill Liller


(vsnet-alert 6725)

Possible nova in Cen: confirmation by A. Jones

From: "Albert Jones" 
Subject: Fw: possible nova in Cen
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 20:26:55 +1200
I have just looked at it and at 2001 October 2d 08h 00m I estimates it to be magn. 9.2 compared with nearby stars - magnitudes from the Tycho 2 CD. Bright moonlight !

Best regards,


(vsnet-obs 36159)

I have confirmed Bill Liller's nova suspect as detailed below:

CENnova2001 20011002.542 93 Pea.RASNZ

Magnitude estimate using Tycho Johnson V mags. If VT mags are used, the estimate becomes 9.5.

The suspect's position using Guide 7 was measured as:

RA 13h 55.6m Dec -64 16' (J2000)

Andrew Pearce
Western Australia

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