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IAUC 7846: 2002bn; 2002bf, 2002bg, 2002bi,, 2002bk

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                                                  Circular No. 7846
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SUPERNOVA 2002bn IN UGC 6527
     M. Armstrong, Rolvenden, England, reports his discovery of an
apparent supernova (mag 17.0) on an unfiltered CCD image (limiting
mag 18.5) taken on Mar. 8.180 UT in the course of the U.K. Nova/
Supernova patrol, and confirmed at mag 16.3 in an earlier image
taken on Feb. 15.948.  The new object is located at R.A. =
11h32m39s.04, Decl. = +52o56'54".2 (equinox 2000.0), or
approximately 10" west and 5" south of the center of UGC 6527.  SN
2002bn is not present on Armstrong's images from 2000 Dec. 30
(limiting mag 19.0) or 2001 Dec. 10 and 22, or on Palomar Sky
Survey images taken on 1993 Apr. 25 (limiting red mag 20.8) and
1994 Apr. 19 (limiting blue mag 22.5).

SUPERNOVAE 2002bf, 2002bg, 2002bi, AND 2002bk
     T. Matheson, S. Jha, P. Challis, and R. Kirshner, Harvard-
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, report:  "A spectrum (range
370-750 nm) of SN 2002bf (cf. IAUC 7836), obtained by P. Berlind on
Mar. 6.21 UT with the Mt. Hopkins 1.5-m telescope (+ FAST
spectrograph), shows it to be a type-Ia supernova at or before
maximum.  Adopting the NED recession velocity of 7254 km/s for the
host galaxy, the supernova expansion velocity is about 15 200 km/s
for Si II (rest 635.5 nm) and 19 400 for Ca II (rest 395.1 nm),
implying an age of approximately two weeks before maximum, based
upon comparison with values presented by Jha et al. (1999, Ap.J.
Supp. 125, 73).  However, the spectral-feature age (cf. IAUC 7774)
of the supernova is 0 +/- 2 days before maximum light.  Given the
epoch of discovery (Feb. 22.3), and the general appearance of the
spectrum, the latter value is probably more accurate.  In that
case, the high expansion velocities are unusual."
     A. V. Filippenko and R. Chornock, University of California,
Berkeley; D. C. Leonard, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and
E. C. Moran, Wesleyan University, write: "Inspection of CCD spectra
(range 390-880 nm) obtained on Mar. 7 UT with the Keck-I telescope
reveals that SN 2002bf is of type Ia, within a few days of maximum
brightness; the expansion velocity of the ejecta, measured from the
minimum in the Si II 635.5 nm trough, is about 15 000 km/s -- a
value that is unusually high for a type-Ia supernova at this phase.
SN 2002bg (IAUC 7836) is also of type Ia, 14 +/- 2 days past
maximum brightness, in agreement with the conclusions of Matheson
et al. (IAUC 7844).  SN 2002bi (IAUC 7837) is, again, clearly of
type Ia, roughly 1 month past maximum.  Similarly, SN 2002bk (IAUC
7842) is of type Ia, about 5 weeks past maximum; the host galaxy
recession speed is 17 000 km/s, estimated from the supernova
spectrum itself."

                      (C) Copyright 2002 CBAT
2002 March 8                   (7846)            Daniel W. E. Green

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