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                                                 Circular No. 6781
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     The University of Texas McDonald Observatory Supernova Search
Team (M. T. Adams, T. Montemayor, D. A. Howell, J. C. Wheeler, M. H.
Ward, and W. Wren) report their discovery of a supernova (R about
19) on three Kron-Cousins R-band CCD images of Abell 595 (z =
0.0689) taken on Nov. 30.39-30.40 UT with the 0.76-m telescope.  SN
1997ea is located at R.A. = 7h48m37s.70, Decl. = +52o13'22".8
(equinox 2000.0), which is about 9" east and 3" north of the
nucleus of the apparent host elliptical galaxy.  A finder chart is
available at http://draco.as.utexas.edu/ward/sn2/sn.html, or by
anonymous ftp from draco.as.utexas.edu.  BVRI photometry of SN
1997ea was acquired on Dec. 3.22-3.45; it is not visible on R-band
images (limiting R about 21) acquired on Oct. 30.41-30.43.
     P. Garnavich, S. Jha, P. Challis, and R. Kirshner, Harvard-
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, report that spectra of SN
1997ea were obtained with the Multiple Mirror Telescope on Dec. 5.4
UT and show that it is a type-Ia supernova, about 2 weeks past
maximum.  The recession velocity estimated from the broad features
in the spectrum is about 19 500 km/s, consistent with the redshift
of Abell 595.

     C. St. Cyr, Naval Research Laboratory, on behalf of the SOHO-
LASCO Consortium (cf. IAUC 6685), reports that S. Stezelberger has
discovered two probable Kreutz sungrazing comets, each of mag 5 and
showing a tail, in C3 and C2 coronagraphic data.  Measurements by
D. A. Biesecker and St. Cyr have been reduced by G. V. Williams and
are published in detail on MPEC 1997-X08 and -X09, together with
orbit solutions by B. G. Marsden.

     1997 UT           R.A. (2000) Decl.       Comet
     Nov. 21.725      15 33.8      -25 00      C/1997 W1
     Dec.  1.665      16 26.0      -26 27      C/1997 X1

     R. Soria, M. S. Bessell, and P. Wood, Mount Stromlo
Observatory report that J- and K-band infrared images of BW Cir,
counterpart of the blackhole candidate GS 1354-64 (IAUC 6772,
6774, 6775, 6779), were obtained with the Australian National
University 2.3-m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory on Nov.
20.73 UT by P. Wood, yielding the following preliminary magnitudes:
J = 15.35 +/- 0.05; K = 13.95 +/- 0.05.

                      (C) Copyright 1997 CBAT
1997 December 5                (6781)            Daniel W. E. Green

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