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IAUC 6492: 1996bl; 1996bm; 1996 SK

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                                                  Circular No. 6492
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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     C. Pollas, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (OCA), reports his
discovery, on two films taken on Oct. 11.9 and 12.9 UT with the OCA
Schmidt telescope, of a supernova (V about 17.4) located at R.A. =
0h36m17s.97, Decl. = +11o23'40".5 (equinox 2000.0), which is 3".0
west and 5".8 north of the galaxy's center.  Nothing is visible at
this position on the original Palomar Sky Survey or on a IIIa-J
plate taken in 1987.  A nearby star (V about 16.0) is at position
end figures 19s.29, 24'09".4.
     P. Garnavich, P. Challis, and R. Kirshner, Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics, report that spectra obtained by P. Berlind
on Oct. 16.3 UT with the 1.5-m Tillinghast telescope show that this
is a type-Ia supernova at maximum light.  H-alpha emission from the
host galaxy indicates a redshift of z = 0.036.  CCD images taken
with the Whipple Observatory 1.2-m reflector by L. Macri show SN
1996bl to be 2".4 west and 5".0 north of the galaxy's center at
magnitude V = 17.0.

     The Mount Stromlo Abell Cluster Supernova Search Team (cf.
IAUC 6418) reports the discovery of an apparent supernova on a CCD
image taken by R. Soria on the Mount Stromlo 1.27-m telescope (+
Macho Camera).  SN 1996bm is located near Abell 2819 at R.A. =
0h44m40s.85, Decl. = -63o44'44".6 (equinox 2000.0), which is 0".3
west and 0".6 north of the nucleus of the host galaxy.  SN 1996bm
is visible at mag about 20.5 on V and R CCD images taken on Oct. 4,
and was not detected on similar frames taken on Sept. 1; a nearby
HST guide star of mag 14.1 has position end figures 39s.35,
42'16".7.  CCD images taken with the 1.7-m reflector on Oct. 10
show the supernova to be marginally brighter than on the discovery
frame.  Finder charts can be found at

1996 SK
     D. Rabinowitz, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, writes:
"Observations of this Apollo-type object (cf. MPEC 1996-T02),
obtained on Oct. 15 and 16 UT with the 0.61-m reflector at Table
Mountain, yield V-R about +0.73 +/- 0.04 and V-I about +0.99 +/-
0.04.  Assuming V-R = +0.367 and V-I = +0.705 for the sun, 1996 SK
reflectance colors are V-R = +0.40, V-I = +0.29.  This is much
redder than any main-belt asteroid.  Follow-up observations on a
larger telescope are urged."

                      (C) Copyright 1996 CBAT
1996 October 16                (6492)            Daniel W. E. Green

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