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IAUC 6289: 1996A; 67P; 58P

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                                                  Circular No. 6289
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
Postal Address: Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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     B. P. Schmidt, Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories,
reports the discovery of a supernova by R. O. Evans on a U.K.
Schmidt R film taken by P. Cass on Jan. 12 as part of the
U.K. Schmidt Supernova Search.  SN 1996A, of mag about 18,
is located at R.A. = 5h10m47s.1, Decl. = -3d00'25" (equinox 2000.0),
in an anonymous galaxy.  It is offset 1" east and 4" south from a
mag 14 star located on top of the galaxy's nucleus.  It is not
visible on a similar film taken 1995 Dec. 12.

     M. M. Phillips and A. Clocchiatti, Cerro Tololo Interamerican
Observatory, report: "A fully-reduced spectrogram (range 350-720 nm,
resolution 0.4 nm) of SN 1996A, obtained on Jan 18.14 UT at the 4-m
Blanco telescope, shows the typical features of a type II supernova
approximately three weeks after maximum light.  H beta is blueshifted
by approximately 9000 km/s, and H alpha has a well-developed emission
and a weak absorption blueshifted by approximately 9500 km/s.  The
parent galaxy shows a redshift of 0.033, measured from emission in
H alpha and [N II] 6584 nm.  The supernova is offset by 9" in p.a.
approximately 140 deg from the bright star located on top of
the galaxy."

     Total visual magnitude estimates: 1995 Aug. 23.22 UT, 13.6 (C. S.
Morris, southern California, 0.26-m reflector); Sept. 23.22, 13.7
(Morris); Oct. 20.80, 14.2 (G. Bakos, Raktanya, Hungary, 0.44-m
reflector); 22.79, 14.3 (K. Sarneczky, Raktanya, Hungary, 0.44-m
reflector); Nov. 13.13, 13.2 (A. Hale, Cloudcroft, NM, 0.41-m
reflector); 18.77, 13.1 (Sarneczky); 25.11, 12.9 (Hale); Dec. 11.09,
12.6 (Hale); 19.14, 12.5 (Hale); 21.15, 12.2 (Morris); 1996 Jan. 8.12,
11.0 (Morris); 13.18, 11.3 (Morris); 14.14, 11.3 (Morris).

     Total visual magnitude estimates: 1995 Sept. 21.21 UT, 13.0
(Morris); 27.21, 13.0 (Hale); Oct. 12.12, 12.9 (Hale); 19.23, 12.5
(Hale); 22.21, 12.0 (Morris); 27.19, 12.1 (Hale); Nov. 11.11, 11.4
(Hale); 16.17, 10.6 (R. Keen, Mt. Thorodin, CO, 0.32-m reflector);
22.43, 10.6 (P. Camilleri, Cobram, Vic., Australia, 0.20-m reflector);
25.21, 10.6 (Hale); Dec. 11.11, 11.1 (Hale); 19.17, 10.9 (Hale);
22.12, 11.0 (Morris); 1996 Jan. 13.19, 12.0 (Morris); 14.14, 12.0 (Morris).

                      (C) Copyright 1996 CBAT
1996 January 18                (6289)              Brian G. Marsden

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