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IAUC 8172: C/2003 O2; 2003gt; 2003gs

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                                                  Circular No. 8172
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     M. Bezpalko, Lincoln Laboratory, reports the LINEAR discovery
of a comet (discovery observation below), showing a tail
approximately 42" long in p.a. 230 deg.  Other CCD observers report
mag 16.9-17.9 and a tail of up to 6' long in p.a. 245-250 deg on
July 30-31 (including S. Sanchez, R. Stoss, and J. Nomen at
Mallorca; R. Trentman and R. Frederick at Louisburg, KS; and P.
Birtwhistle at Great Shefford, U.K., who also noted a 9" central
condensation of mag 17.9, adding that the tail was very diffuse and

     2003 UT             R.A. (2000) Decl.       Mag.
     July 29.37618    1 55 23.89   +14 28 46.1   18.6

The available astrometry, the following preliminary parabolic
orbital elements, and an ephemeris appear on MPEC 2003-O43.  The
comet is likely to be of short orbital period.

     T = 2003 Sept. 2.110 TT          Peri. =  30.140
                                      Node  = 347.894   2000.0
     q = 1.60716 AU                   Incl. =  15.623

SUPERNOVA 2003gt IN NGC 6930
     Further to IAUC 8169, J. Graham and W. Li report the LOTOSS
discovery of an apparent supernova on an unfiltered KAIT image
taken on July 29.4 UT (mag about 16.4).  The new object was
confirmed on July 31.4 under poor conditions.  SN 2003gt is located
at R.A. = 20h32m59s.12, Decl. = +9o52'19".3 (equinox 2000.0), which
is 4".9 east and 4".7 south of the nucleus of NGC 6930.  A KAIT
image taken on July 13.4 showed nothing at this position (limiting
mag about 19.0).

     Further to IAUC 8171, T. Matheson, Harvard-Smithsonian Center
for Astrophysics; and N. Suntzeff, CTIO, report that a detailed
inspection of the July 30.4 CTIO spectrum of SN 2003gs shows it to
be very similar to a spectrum of the subluminous type-Ia SN 1999by
at 1 day before maximum (see Garnavich et al. 2003, Ap.J., in
press; http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/astro-ph/?0105490).  Additional
spectroscopic and photometric observations are urged.  The redshift
mentioned on IAUC 8171 is with respect to the host galaxy.

                      (C) Copyright 2003 CBAT
2003 July 31                   (8172)            Daniel W. E. Green

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