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IAUC 5317: 1991an; LSI +61 303; V919 Sgr

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                                                  Circular No. 5317
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     C. Pollas, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, reports his discovery
of an apparent supernova of mag about 20.3 on pan films taken
June 8.99 and 9.97 UT.  The object is at R.A. = 17h39m18s.13, Decl.
= +67 43'59".5 (equinox 1950.0), situated in a galaxy of mag 19-20
whose center is located at R.A. = 17h39m18s.96, Decl. = +67 43'55".6.
SN 1991an appears visible at the limit of two films (mag about 22)
taken by D. Albanese on July 8.96 and 10.92 UT.  Nothing is visible
on POSS prints.  A nearby star (mag 17) is located at R.A. =
17h39m12s.06, Decl. = +67 44'13".1.

LSI +61 303
     J. Marti and F. Comeron, University of Barcelona, communicate:
"We have detected an unexpected optical brightening of the x-ray
binary LSI +61 303 (R.A. = 2h36m41s, Decl. = +61 00'.9, equinox
1950.0).  Observations were carried out with the 1-m Jacobus Kapteyn
Telescope at the Observatory of El Roque de los Muchachos using the
two-channel People's Photometer.  Preliminary reductions give the
following Johnson V magnitudes:  July 31.25 UT, 7.8; Aug. 1.15, 7.9;
2.20, 7.9.  These values are about 3 mag brighter than usual."

    R. J. Ivison and M. K. Bang, Lancashire Polytechnic; F. Comeron
and J. Marti, University of Barcelona, report:  "This Z And-type
classical symbiotic star appears to be in outburst.  Observations
from the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, on July 31.1
and Aug. 2.2 UT, using the 2.5-m Isaac Newton (+ Manchester Echelle
Spectrometer/IPCS) and 1-m Jacobus Kapteyn (+ People's Photometer)
telescopes, reveal that the He II (468.6 nm) line has disappeared
and that [O III] (500.7 nm) is also absent.  The He I (501.5 nm)
line shows a P-Cyg profile and the H-alpha (656.3 nm) recombination
line is strong, broad, and has a deep central reversal.  Comparison
with photometric standards gives V = 11.1, B-V = +0.4, V-R = +0.8,
which suggests a 1.5-mag rise in V from quiescence and a color
change to spectral class F.  V919 Sgr is located at R.A. =
19h00m51s.6, Decl. = -17 04'24" (equinox 1950.0).  Infrared
observations with the U.K. Infrared Telescope and visual monitoring are

1991 August 3                  (5317)             Daniel W. E. Green

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