AstroNote 2019-17

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2019-05-24 16:19:10
Type: Object/s-Discovery/Classification
ATLAS19ljy (AT2019fxy): discovery of a candidate SN in VII Zw 066 (41 Mpc)
Authors: K. W. Smith, S. Srivastav, O. McBrien, S. J. Smartt, J. Gillanders, A. McCormack (Queen's University Belfast), L. Denneau, H. Flewelling, A. Heinze, J. Tonry, H. Weiland (IfA, University of Hawaii), B. Stalder (LSST) A. Rest (STScI), P. Clark, M. Fulton, D. O'Neill, D. R. Young (Queen's University Belfast), D. E. Wright (University of Minnesota)
Source Group: ATLAS

ATLAS is a twin 0.5m telescope system on Haleakala and Mauna Loa which is robotically surveying the sky above declination -40 with a cadence of 2 days (Tonry et al. 2018, PASP, 13, 064505). Two filters are used, cyan and orange (denoted c and o; all mags quoted are in the AB system). While carrying out the primary mission for Near Earth Objects, we search for and publicly report stationary transients to the IAU Transient Name Server.  More information is on the ATLAS homepage. We are submitting AstroNotes for transients that are either within 100 Mpc, or have some other interesting feature to bring to the community's attention, such as bright nuclear transients, slowly rising or rapidly fading objects.

We report a new transient source, most likely a supernova in the galaxy VII Zw 066. We discovered ATLAS19ljy (AT2019fxy) on MJD 58625.31 == 2019-05-22.31, at m_o = 19.31 +/- 0.18. There was no detection by ATLAS on MJD 58623.3 == 2019-05-20.3. ATLAS19ljy is offset by 9.07 arcsec north, 10.08 arcsec east from VII Zw 066. , which is at z = 0.010 or d = 41 Mpc (from NED), implying an absolute magnitude of M = -13.8 (assuming m-M = 33.07 and A_r = 0.08 and A_i = 0.06.). Followup observations are encouraged of this likley young SN or intrinsically faint transient. 

This work has made use of data from the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) project. ATLAS is primarily funded to search for near earth asteroids through NASA grants NN12AR55G, 80NSSC18K0284, and 80NSSC18K1575; byproducts of the NEO search include images and catalogs from the survey area.  The ATLAS science products have been made possible through the contributions of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, the Queen's University Belfast, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. 


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CatalogNameReported RAReported DECReported Obj-TypeReported RedshiftHost NameHost RedshiftRemarksTNS RATNS DECTNS Obj-TypeTNS Redshift
TNS2019fxy [ATLAS19ljy]10:21:20.958+12:10:41.2310:21:20.979+12:10:41.67