Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 13:59:25 -0400 From: "W.Liller"Hola All,
Subject: Poss. nova
I found what appears to be a nova at (2000) RA = 18h 0.1m; Dec -30d 54'.
Mag 9.2 with Tech Pan film and an orange filter. Image appears on two films taken at UT Apr. 15.354. Nothing brighter than mag 11.5 was at that position on a pair of films taken on Apr. 11.40. No bright asteroids are in the region.
If the weather stays reasonable, I will be able to get a better position and a spectrum tonight.
Observers, please confirm ! All the best, Bill
No known variable star, IRAS/MSX5C source, bright 2MASS source is present at this position. The object is very likely a nova or a related eruptive/cataclysmic object.
Regards, Taichi Kato
From: "Paulo Cacella"Possible nova in SGR as reported by Liller
Subject: Nova in SGR (more data) Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 23:38:45 -0300
Precise Astrometry Ra 17h 59m 59.633 s Dec -30 53' 20.52 Photometry V = 10.1 CCD image using a 10"SCT with a HX516 CCD 10 sec exposure Date 04-16-2002 2:14 UT Brasilia - Brasil 16S 48WSoon I'll send you a link with the image. Checked with A2. No minor Planets.
Images and details at
Nearest star can be seen on DSS image from Paulo's position 175959.633, -305320.52 [vsnet-discovery-nova 49] is a USNO-A2.0/GSC-2.2 catalogued star:
USNO-A2.0 175959.472 -305318.71 r=16.9 b=19.4 GSC2.2 175959.472 -305318.39 F=15.96Note that this star somewhat elongated to SE, which indicate that it is a close (separation \sim 1 arcsec) double star.
Sincerely Yours, Hitoshi Yamaoka, Kyushu Univ., Japan email@example.com
M. Fujii (Fujii Bisei Observatory) obtained the spectrum of the supposed nova (Nova Sgr 2002) on Apr. 18.80 UT.
Fujii reports that the following emission lines are present: strong H-alpha (FWHM=2800km/s), H-beta, Fe II (37,38,42,49,55,74), Na I (5890) and He I(7065). The object is an Fe II-class nova.
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