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IAUC 8025: 2002ji; V838 Mon; C/2002 U6, C/2002 U7, C/2002 U8, C/2002 U9

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                                                  Circular No. 8025
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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SUPERNOVA 2002ji IN NGC 3655
     Y. L. Qiu and J. Y. Hu, Beijing Astronomical Observatory
(BAO), report the discovery of an apparent supernova on unfiltered
images taken with BAO 0.6-m telescope on Nov. 30.84 (mag about
15.1) and Dec. 1.93 UT (mag about 15.1).  SN 2002ji is located at
R.A. = 11h22m53s.15, Decl. = +16o35'10".0 (equinox 2000.0), which
is 22".4 west and 14".0 south of the nucleus of NGC 3655.  An image
taken on Apr. 10 showed nothing at this position (limiting mag
about 18.0).

     E. Giro, S. Desidera, U. Munari, and C. Pernechele,
Astronomical Observatory, Padua; and G. Baume, Facultad de Ciencias
Astronomicas y Geofisicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata and
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, report:
"Polarimetric imaging of V838 Mon was obtained with the Asiago
1.82-m telescope (+ AFOSC) on Nov. 12.01 UT through a Johnson-V
filter, covering the whole extension of the light echo in the
north-south direction and 18" east-west.  The central star displays
a 3.05-percent (+/- 0.35) polarization with position angle 159.7
+/- 3.9 deg.  The light echo shows a distributed polarization with
a complex pattern which, south of the central star, is reminiscent
of a dipole structure, reaching a 45-percent maximum and 178-deg
position angle at 11" south and 3" of the central star.  The map
can be downloaded at http://www.pd.astro.it/Asiago/IAUC/polmapV838mon.jpg."

COMETS C/2002 U6, C/2002 U7, C/2002 U8, C/2002 U9 (SOHO)
     Further to IAUC 8022, D. Hammer reports measurements for
comets found on SOHO website C2 coronagraph images by R. Kracht
(C/2002 U6), R. Matson (C/2002 U7), X. Leprette (C/2002 U8), and S.
Hoenig (C/2002 U9).  The reduced astrometry and orbital elements by
B. G. Marsden appear on MPEC 2002-W42.

    Comet         2002 UT           R.A. (2000) Decl.
    C/2002 U6     Oct. 28.076      14 04.0   -11 44
    C/2002 U7          30.826      14 13.9   -15 03
    C/2002 U8          31.338      14 16.1   -15 16
    C/2002 U9          31.435      14 16.0   -15 12

                      (C) Copyright 2002 CBAT
2002 December 2                (8025)            Daniel W. E. Green

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