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IAUC 5096: 1990ab; 4U 1700-377; 1990c

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                                                  Circular No. 5096
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
Postal Address: Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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     R. H. McNaught, University of Adelaide, reports his discovery
of a supernova in an anonymous galaxy on an R plate taken with the
1.2-m U.K. Schmidt Telescope of the Anglo-Australian Observatory by
P. McKenzie on Sept. 20.5 UT.  The supernova (mag about 18) is located
at R.A. = 21h51m00s.42, Decl. = -40 18'27".3 (equinox 1950.0),
or 4".0 east and 8".6 south of the center of the galaxy.  No image
appears in this position on UKST J, R, and I, or ESO B and R
survey films.

4U 1700-377
     J. Paul, on behalf of the Granat Team (Service d'Astrophysique,
Saclay; Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, Toulouse;
Space Research Institute, Moscow; and Danish Space Research Institute,
Lyngby), reports:  "In the course of a 21-hr observation performed
Sept. 12-13 UT, a series of violent hard x-ray outbursts
from 4U 1700-377 was detected by the French Sigma Telescope aboard
the Soviet Granat Space Observatory.  The most prominent flare
occurred on Sept. 13d04h13m and reached its maximum approximately
230 s later.  The flare duration was approximately 20 min, during
which photons with energy in excess of 120 keV were detected.  At
maximum the flare luminosity reached 4 x 10E36 erg/s in the 35- to
75-keV range for a source distance of 1.7 kpc (i.e., a luminosity
greater than the Crab in the same energy window).  A further 24-hr
observation of 4U 1700-377 by Sigma is to begin Sept. 27.25.
Beginning Aug. 28, anomalous activity of this source was also
observed in the 5- to 15-keV band by the Danish Watch Instrument,
which is now monitoring this source continuously."

COMET LEVY (1990c)
     D. A. Klinglesmith III, Goddard Space Flight Center, reports
the detection of a disconnection event (DE) in comet Levy, as seen
on two CCD images taken Sept. 19.10 UT at the Joint Observatory for
Cometary Research with a 300-mm Nikon lens (+ H2O+ filter at 620.5
nm, FWHM = 5 nm).  A disconnected, separated ion tail was seen
approximately 3 x 10E6 km from the head of the comet.  The ion tail
also shows several tail rays extending as far as the DE.

1990 September 21              (5096)             Daniel W. E. Green

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