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IAUC 6836: 1998U; 1987A

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                                                 Circular No. 6836
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     N. Regnault and O. Perdereau, on behalf of the EROS
collaboration (cf. IAUC 6760, 6762), report the discovery of an
apparent supernova (V about 20) on Mar. 3 (and confirmed on Mar. 4)
on images taken with the Marly 1-m telescope at the European
Southern Observatory (ESO).  SN 1998U is located at R.A. =
11h36m32s.20, Decl. = -12o07'26".7 (equinox 2000.0), which is 2".4
west and 4".2 north of the host galaxy.  Additional images of SN
1998U were obtained on Mar. 6 at the ESO 1.5-m Danish telescope.
SN 1998U was not present on a CCD frame taken on 1997 Feb. 2
(limiting mag 22).

     A. Crotts, Columbia University; and S. Heathcote, Cerro Tololo
Interamerican Observatory (CTIO), report on data obtained with the
CTIO 4-m telescope on 1996 Dec. 5 and 1998 Feb. 17 UT (echelle
spectrograph), and on 1997 Sept. 23 (RC spectrograph):  "The
increase in strength of the blue wing of the H-alpha emission line,
as reported on IAUC 6831, is difficult to confirm with certainty in
our data.  Some weak emission lines have formed in the near-
infrared portion of the spectrum, particularly [Fe II] at 768.6,
889.1, and 905.1 nm, and appear offset to the northeast of the
supernova by about 0".5 (for the slit at p.a. 50o).  (Stronger
lines due to [Fe II] at 715.5, 717.2, 738.8, 745.2, and 861.7 nm
are detected also in RC spectrograph data obtained on 1997 Jan. 15
by J. Maza and M. Phillips, while [Fe II] 768.6, 889.1, and 905.1
nm would have been detected at the strength found on 1997 Sept. 23,
but were not.)  Previously detected lines over the range 570-1080
nm are the H I Paschen series (all terms 7 to 17); [Fe VII] 608.7
nm; [Ar III] 713.5 and 775.1 nm; [Ar V] 700.5 nm; [Cl II] 857.9 nm;
and [Ca II] 729.1 and 732.3 nm; [Ni II] 737.8 nm; [Cr II] 812.5,
822.9, and 830.8 nm; and perhaps [C I] 984.9 nm and [Ar IV] 723.7
and 726.2 nm.  Also seen are the usual strong lines of [N II], He
I, [O I], [O II], [S II], [S III] and H-alpha.  New, unidentified,
very weak lines are also seen at rest wavelengths 704.56, 710.37,
and 711.98 nm (with a typical accuracy of +/- 0.02 nm and
calculated for the supernova's redshift of 289 km/s).  All of the
above lines have narrow components with velocity widths less than
about 100 km/s.  This spectrum appears to be dominated by low-
density, low-ionization shock excitation, especially to the
northeast of the supernova (consistent in position with the
previously reported 'hot spot'; cf. IAUC 6665, 6710)."

                      (C) Copyright 1998 CBAT
1998 March 11                  (6836)            Daniel W. E. Green

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