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IAUC 8522: C/2005 H1; 2005bf, 2005bv

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                                                  Circular No. 8522
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     An apparently asteroidal object (discovery observation below)
reported by the LINEAR search program, and posted on the 'NEO
Confirmation Page', was found by J. Young (Table Mountain
Observatory, 0.6-m reflector) to show a round 4" coma with little
central condensation and a slightly fan-shaped tail about 16" long
on his CCD images taken on May 2.31-2.38 UT; his images on May 3.3
showed a similar appearance, though it had faded by half a
magnitude to mag 19.5, and the tail length was only 10".  G. Hug
(Eskridge, KS, 0.7-m reflector) writes that the object appears
slightly diffuse on his CCD images taken on May 3.3.  A.
Fitzsimmons (2.0-m Faulkes Telescope-North at Haleakala) notes that
four 60-s R-band exposures taken on May 2.5 show a faint asymmetric
coma extending 3" in p.a. 250 deg.

     2005 UT             R.A. (2000) Decl.       Mag.
     Apr. 30.32224   17 15 23.08   +48 04 20.5   20.3

The available astrometry, the following preliminary parabolic
orbital elements, and an ephemeris appear on MPEC 2005-J11.

     T = 2005 Feb. 25.833 TT          Peri. = 110.999
                                      Node  =  68.371   2000.0
     q = 5.10555 AU                   Incl. =  83.436

SUPERNOVAE 2005bf AND 2005bv
     M. Modjaz, R. Kirshner, and P. Challis, Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics, report that a spectrum (range 340-730 nm)
of SN 2005bv (cf. IAUC 8520), obtained on May 2.32 UT by P. Berlind
with the F. L. Whipple Observatory 1.5-m telescope (+ FAST), shows
it to be a type-Ia supernova, with a spectral-feature age (cf.
Riess et al. 1997, A.J. 114, 722) of about 15 (+/- 2) days after
maximum light.  The supernova expansion velocity, derived from the
minimum of Si II (rest 635.5 nm) and adopting the recession
velocity of 10 689 km/s for the host galaxy as measured from
H_alpha emission of an H II region in the host galaxy, is about
10400 km/s.  A spectrogram of SN 2005bf (cf. IAUC 8507), obtained
by Berlind on May 2.15, shows it to be a type-Ib supernova,
confirming reports by Wang and Baade (IAUC 8521).  The spectrum has
developed conspicuous lines of He I (rest 447.1, 587.6, 667.8,
706.5 nm) and is very similar to spectra of SN 1984L (Harkness et
al. 1987, Ap.J. 317, 355), about 2 weeks after maximum.  SN 2005bf
was previously classified (IAUC 8509) as a type-Ic supernova.

                      (C) Copyright 2005 CBAT
2005 May 3                     (8522)            Daniel W. E. Green

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