SN 2001A

SN 2001A was discovered on January 1.5 UT at mag 18.9 with KAIT, and confirmed on the a half-month previous image at mag 18.4. The position is about 3" west and 11" north of the nucleus of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4261. NGC 4261 is well-studied radio galaxy (3C270) in the Virgo cluster. The elliptical galaxies believed to produce SNeIa only, whose maximum magnitude is about mag 14 at this distance (vsnet-campaign-sn 126).