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IAUC 8217: S/2003 U 3; 157P; AG Dra

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                                                  Circular No. 8217
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S/2003 U 3
     A new candidate (R = 25.1-25.3) for an outer satellite of
Uranus was discovered by S. S. Sheppard, University of Hawaii, on
images obtained by D. C. Jewitt and himself on Aug. 29 and 30 with
the Subaru 8.2-m reflector at Mauna Kea.  After they had also
observed the object with the Gemini 8.2-m reflector on Sept. 20,
B. G. Marsden tentatively identified the object with a satellite
candidate observed by M. Holman and J. Kavelaars on the single
night of 2001 Aug. 13 with the 4-m Blanco reflector at Cerro Tololo
(cf. IAUC 7980, 8213, 8216), a result confirmed by Kavelaars'
recognition and measurement yesterday of a 2001 Aug. 25 image with
the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope.  Full astrometry, Marsden's
orbital elements (a = 0.098 AU, e = 0.78, i = 51 deg, H = 12.7),
and an ephemeris appear on MPEC 2003-T58.


COMET 157P/TRITTON = P/2003 T1
     Total-visual-magnitude and coma-diameter estimates:  Oct. 8.17
UT, 11.8, 1'.3 (R. J. Bouma, Groningen, The Netherlands, 0.25-m
reflector; strong central condensation in a faint coma); 8.19, 11.4,
1'.3 (J. J. Gonzalez, Leon, Spain, 0.20-m reflector).


AG DRACONIS
     J. L. Sokoloski, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics;
and M. P. Rupen and A. J. Mioduszewski, National Radio Astronomy
Observatory, on behalf of a larger collaboration, report the
detection of the symbiotic star AG Dra in the radio with the Very
Large Array (in BnA configuration) on Oct. 7 UT, roughly nine days
after the start of an optical outburst.  The radio source was not
resolved, with a beam size of 0".84 x 0".44 FWHM at p.a. 32 deg.
The 8.46-GHz flux density was 0.47 +/- 0.09 mJy.  The nominal 4.86-
GHz flux density was 0.17 +/- 0.07 mJy.  However, as this 5-GHz
flux density was comparable to background fluctuations, it is most
conservatively interpreted as a 3-sigma upper limit of 0.38 mJy.
In either case, the 5-GHz flux density has decreased with respect
to the value of >/= 1 mJy found by Ogley et al. (2002, MNRAS 330,
772) in Mar. 2000, when AG Dra was in a quiescent state after a
series of optical outbursts.  Previous low 5-GHz flux densities
were reported by Seaquist and Taylor (1990, Ap.J. 349, 313), when
AG Dra was near the peak of a large optical outburst in 1982 (</=
0.41 mJy) and when it was near the tail end of an optical outburst
in 1986 (0.36 +/- 0.08 mJy).

                      (C) Copyright 2003 CBAT
2003 October 9                 (8217)            Daniel W. E. Green

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