AstroNote 2019-131

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2019-11-14 23:22:21
Type: Object/s-Data/Analysis
ZTF early discovery and rapid follow-up of the infant SN AT2019ust (ZTF19acryurj)
Authors: Rachel Bruch, Steve Schulze, Ofer Yaron, Yi Yang (WIS), Mattia Bulla (OKC, Nordita) and Avishay Gal-Yam (WIS) on behalf of the ZTF collaboration
Source Group: ZTF

The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; Bellm et al. 2019; Graham et al. 2019) Infant Supernova Science Program (Gal-Yam 2019) reports the early discovery and rapid follow-up of AT2019ust (ZTF19acryurj), following the methodology outlined by Gal-Yam et al. (2011). The object was first detected on ZTF r-band images obtained on 13 November 2019 at 06:57 UTC, about 23.6 hours after the last non-detection, and was picked up by the infant supernova custom Marshal filter. The object was saved by a duty astronomer and rapid follow-up was triggered. A spectrum obtained with GMOS at Gemini-North on 14 November 2019 at 11:47 UT showed narrow emission lines of ionised species (HeII, CIV, NIII, Balmer lines) on top of a blue continuum, consistent with a very young and hot transient event. 

The redshift of the apparent host (UGC 548) is z = 0.022 (~99 Mpc) based on the NASA Extragalactic Database ( The transient was hence discovered around r = -15.6 absolute magnitude. Swift photometry, high cadence spectroscopy and radio observations have been requested.  Additional observations are ongoing. 

We will continue to distribute alerts on such early SN detections via AstroNotes; additional follow-up observations of this event are encouraged.

ZTF is a project led by PI S. R. Kulkarni at Caltech, and includes IPAC; WIS, Israel; OKC, Sweden; JSI/UMd, USA; UW,USA; DESY, Germany; NRC, Taiwan; UW Milwaukee, USA and LANL USA. ZTF acknowledges the generous support of the NSF under AST MSIP Grant No 1440341. Alert distribution service provided by DIRAC@UW. Alert filtering is being undertaken by the GROWTH marshal system (Kasliwal et al. 2019), supported by NSF PIRE grant 1545949.

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CatalogNameReported RAReported DECReported Obj-TypeReported RedshiftHost NameHost RedshiftRemarksTNS RATNS DECTNS Obj-TypeTNS Redshift
TNS2019ust00:54:22.418+31:40:12.650.02203500:54:22.420+31:40:12.61SN II0.022035