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IAUC 8266: 2003lr; 2004A; C/2002 X13, X14, X15, Y3; NOVAE IN M31

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                                                  Circular No. 8266
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SUPERNOVA 2003lr IN UGC 2904
     Further to IAUC 8262, H. Pugh and R. J. Foley report the LOSS
discovery of an apparent supernova on unfiltered KAIT images taken
on 2003 Dec. 28.2 UT (mag 18.3) and 2004 Jan. 10.2 (mag 17.8).  The
new object is located at R.A. = 3h56m59s.00, Decl. = +16o29'37".5,
which is 15".9 east and 33".3 north of the center of UGC 2904.
Nothing was visible at this location on an image taken on 2003 Dec.
22.3 (limiting mag 19.5).

     H. Kawakita and K. Kinugasa, Gunma Astronomical Observatory;
K. Ayani, Bisei Astronomical Observatory; and H. Yamaoka, Kyushu
University, write:  "Optical spectra of SN 2004A (cf. IAUC 8265),
obtained with the Gunma 0.65-m telescope (+ GCS) on Jan. 11.8 UT
and with the Bisei 1.01-m telescope on Jan. 11.9, show a blue
continuum and the hydrogen Balmer lines with P-Cyg profiles.  The
emission components are somewhat weak.  These features suggest that
it is a young type-II supernova.  The expansion velocity, measured
from the absorption minuma of the Balmer lines, is about 12000 km/s."

COMETS C/2002 X13, X14, X15, Y3 (SOHO)
     Further to IAUC 8264, K. Battams reports measures of
additional Kreutz comets found by T. Hoffman (C/2002 X13), J. Sachs
(C/2002 X14), S. Hoenig (C/2002 X15), and R. Kracht (C/2002 Y3) on
SOHO C2 images; C/2002 X14 was also visible in C3-coronagraph
images.  Astrometry and orbital elements appear on MPEC 2004-A40.

      Comet          2002 UT           R.A. (2000.0) Decl.
      C/2002 X13     Dec.  3.071       16 37.3      -24 31
      C/2002 X14          10.863       17 09.9      -28 03
      C/2002 X15          13.663       17 27.2      -25 03
      C/2002 Y3           18.538       17 49.9      -25 13

     Further to IAUC 8262, K. Hornoch provides R magnitudes of
apparent novae reported therein:  first object, 2004 Jan. 5.767 UT,
18.6; second object, Jan. 5.824, 19.4:; third object, Jan. 5.767,
19.4:.  (Note that the fourth tabulated object on IAUC 8262 is
identical with the first.)

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2004 January 12                (8266)            Daniel W. E. Green

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