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IAUC 5573: 1992ao; 1992ap

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                                                  Circular No. 5573
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SUPERNOVA 1992ao IN NGC 7637
     R. H. McNaught, Anglo-Australian Observatory, reports his
discovery of a supernova (mag about 17) in NGC 7637 on an R plate
taken by Q. A. Parker with the U.K. Schmidt Telescope on July 28.65
UT.  The supernova is located at R.A. = 23h23m06s.54, Decl. =
-82 10'15".6 (equinox 1950.0, uncertainty in each coordinate 0".4),
or 53".5 east and 56".7 north of the galaxy's center.  A nearby
star of similar brightness has end figures 01s.37, 09'51".3.
     M. Della Valle, European Southern Observatory; and R. Gilmozzi,
Space Telescope Science Institute, report:  "Flux-calibrated CCD
spectra (range 390-800 nm, resolution about 1.8 nm) obtained on
July 31.3, Aug. 1.3, and 2.3 UT, with the 3.6-m and 2.2-m telescopes
(+ EFOSC) at La Silla, show this object to be a type-II supernova
at an early stage.  Preliminary analysis reveals not-yet-
prominent broad emission lines of H-beta and H-gamma, flanked by P-
Cyg absorptions, superimposed on a strong blue continuum.  H-alpha
appears flat and wide, possibly coupled with a weak P-Cyg profile.
Other P-Cyg profiles are measured at 509 and 578 nm, possibly due
to Fe II (517.9 nm) and He I (587.6 nm).  All the peaks of the
emissions appear blue-shifted in the galaxy rest frame by about 3
nm.  In some respects, SN 1992ao may bear similarity to SN 1979C
(see Panagia et al. 1980, MNRAS 192, 861).  The mean expansion
velocity derived from the minimum of the P-Cyg absorptions is about
8500 km/s."

SUPERNOVA 1992ap IN UGC 10430
     K. Birkle, Max-Planck Institut fur Astronomie, Heidelberg,
reports his discovery, on a IIIa-J plate taken July 29 with the Calar
Alto 0.80-m Schmidt telescope, of a supernova (mag B about 18) in
UGC 10430 (R.A. = 16h28m47s.6, Decl. = +41 25'25", equinox 1950.0).
SN 1992ap, not visible on the Palomar Sky Survey print but confirmed
on a IIIa-F plate by Birkle, is superimposed on one of the
arms of this SB(rs)bc galaxy, located 7" east and 16" north of the
galaxy's center.  A CCD image taken July 30 with the Calar Alto
3.5-m telescope by G. Thimm through an R filter shows that SN
1992ap is as bright as the bulge of the host galaxy.  On Aug. 1, P.
Belloni, H.-J. Roser, and U. Hopp used the prime-focus focal reducer
system of the Calar Alto 3.5-m telescope to take a CCD-grism
spectrum (1200-s exposure, range 350-700 nm, resolution about 1.6
nm) of the object, which clearly shows the features of a type-I
supernova, perhaps 2 weeks past its maximum.

1992 August 3                  (5573)            Daniel W. E. Green

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