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IAUC 7811: 2002ap

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                                                  Circular No. 7811
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     K. Kinugasa and H. Kawakita, Gunma Astronomical Observatory
(GAO); K. Ayani and T. Kawabata, Bisei Astronomical Observatory
(BAO); and H. Yamaoka, Kyushu University, write:  "Low-resolution
spectra of SN 2002ap (IAUC 7810) were obtained on Jan. 31.4 UT with
the GAO 0.65-m telescope (+ GCS; range 380-750 nm) and on Jan. 31.5
with the BAO 1.01-m telescope (range 470-700 nm).  Preliminary
reduction reveals a rather blue continuum with a steep decrease
over 650-700 nm, without any deep absorption or emission.  Very
broad (FWZI about 30-50 nm) and shallow depressions exist around
470, 570 (deepest), and 620 nm.  The overall features resemble that
of the peculiar type-Ib/c supernova (or 'hypernova') 1997ef, but SN
2002ap is much bluer."
     P. Meikle and L. Lucy, Imperial College, London; S. Smartt,
Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge; B. Leibundgut, European Southern
Observatory; and P. Lundqvist, Stockholm Observatory, report that
R. Ostensen obtained a spectrum (range 432.6-789.9 nm) of SN 2002ap
at the William Herschel Telescope on Jan. 30.9 UT:  "The spectrum
shows a blue continuum with broad absorption features at about
448.0, 557.5, and 719.5 nm.  The red absorption is particularly
broad, spanning approximately 660-760 nm.  The absorption features
bear some resemblance to those seen in SN 1998bw at 7 days
(Stathakis et al. 2000, MNRAS 314, 807), though shifted further to
the blue in SN 2002ap by 15 000-20 000 km/s.  The 448.0-nm
absorption appears to be deeper and may include a more narrow
component than in SN 1998bw.  The emission peak at 530 nm for SN
1998bw is absent in the spectrum of SN 2002ap.  We suggest that SN
2002ap may be a younger and/or more energetic version of SN 1998bw."
     A. Gal-Yam and O. Shemmer, Tel Aviv University, report:  "A
spectrum (range 400-780 nm) of SN 2002ap was obtained with the Wise
Observatory 1-m telescope (+ FOSC spectrograph) on Jan. 31 by J.
Dann.  The object was very bright, and the high S/N spectrum shows
a very blue continuum with broad features around 400 and 500 nm, a
steep decline (of about a factor of 3 in flux) from 500 nm to 700
nm, and a broad hump around 600 nm superposed on the blue continuum.
A hint of a rise toward the red end of the spectrum, at 780 nm, is
also evident.  Overall, the spectrum is markedly similar to spectra
of the peculiar type-Ic supernova 1998bw obtained before maximum
light (e.g., Patat et al. 2001, Ap.J. 555, 900).  In view of the
peculiar properties of this object, as well as the possible
connection of SN 1998bw with GRB 980425, we urge further
observations at all wavelengths."

                      (C) Copyright 2002 CBAT
2002 January 31                (7811)            Daniel W. E. Green

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