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IAUC 7853: 2002br; C/1998 A2, C/1998 A3, C/1999 M3, C/2000 B8; N LMC 2002

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                                                  Circular No. 7853
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SUPERNOVA 2002br IN MCG +03-27-61
     M. Armstrong, Rolvenden, England, reports his discovery of an
apparent supernova (mag 17.1) on a 30-s unfiltered CCD image
(limiting mag 18.5) taken on Mar. 9.970 UT with a 0.30-m Schmidt-
Cassegrain reflector in the course of the U.K. Nova/Supernova
Patrol.  The new object is located at R.A. = 10h34m08s.92, Decl. =
+19o42'20".5, which is 5" north and 5" east of MCG +03-27-61.  An
image taken by T. Boles, Coddenham, England, on Mar. 13.843 shows
the new object still at mag 17, and at position end figures 08s.92,
21".3.  The new object is not present on Armstrong's images from
2000 Nov. 24, 2002 Jan. 17, Feb. 15, and Mar. 1, neither is it
present on Palomar Sky Survey images taken on 1996 June 19
(limiting blue mag 22.5) and 1998 Jan. 2 (limiting red mag 20.8).

COMETS C/1998 A2, C/1998 A3, C/1999 M3, C/2000 B8 (SOHO)
     Further to IAUC 7850, D. Hammer reports his measurements for
four additional comets found by R. Kracht (1998, 1999 comets) and
M. Meyer (C/2000 B8) on C2 coronagraph images posted at the SOHO
website.  The reduced astrometry and orbital elements by B. G.
Marsden appear on the MPECs cited below; the 1998 and 1999 objects
appear to belong to the Marsden group (cf. IAUC 7832), while the
2000 object is a member of the Meyer group.

  Comet         1998 UT          R.A. (2000) Decl.       MPEC
  C/1998 A2     Jan.  3.880      18 54.5   -21 54       2002-E25
  C/1998 A3           9.464      19 19.9   -21 14       2002-E25

  Comet         1999 UT          R.A. (2000) Decl.       MPEC
  C/1999 M3     June 30.396       6 29.6   +23 32       2002-E18

  Comet         2000 UT          R.A. (2000) Decl.       MPEC
  C/2000 B8     Jan. 16.704      19 56.5   -19 59       2002-E25

     Additional photometry (cf. IAUC 7847) by A. C. Gilmore at
Mount John Observatory:  Mar. 11.514 UT, V = 12.04, U-B = -0.85,
B-V = +0.14, V-R = +0.57, V-I = +0.85, airmass 1.43.

                      (C) Copyright 2002 CBAT
2002 March 14                  (7853)            Daniel W. E. Green

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