AstroNote 2019-92

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2019-09-11 20:35:08
Type: Object/s-Discovery/Classification
Pan-STARRS Search for Kilonovae: discovery of an intrinsically faint transient (AT2019pyz) in SDSS J030746.47-004715.2 (168 Mpc)
Authors: K. W. Smith, S. J. Smartt (QUB), K. C. Chambers, M. Huber (IfA, Hawaii), S. Srivastav, O. McBrien, D. R. Young, J. Gillanders, D. O'Neill, P. Clark, S. Sim (QUB), T. de Boer, J. Bulger, J. Fairlamb, C.-C. Lin, T. Lowe, E. Magnier, A. Schultz, R. J. Wainscoat, M. Willman (IfA), T.-W. Chen (MPE), D. E. Wright (University of Minnesota), C. Stubbs (Harvard), A. Rest (STScI)
Source Group: Pan-STARRS1
Abstract:
We are carrying out the "Pan-STARRS Search for Kilonovae" which is a focused search for intrinsically faint transients, or rapidly evolving transients in galaxies which are closer than 200 Mpc in the ongoing Pan-STARRS Near Earth Object surveys (see Smartt et al. AstroNote 2019-48 for details).  Here we report the discovery of an intrinsically faint transient PS19fbi (AT2019pyz) in the host galaxy SDSS J030746.47-004715.2, at a redshift of z = 0.038, or d = 168 Mpc (from NED).

We are carrying out the "Pan-STARRS Search for Kilonovae" which is a focused search for intrinsically faint transients, or rapidly evolving transients in galaxies which are closer than 200 Mpc in the ongoing Pan-STARRS Near Earth Object surveys (see Smartt et al. AstroNote 2019-48 for details). 

In normal survey mode, Pan-STARRS takes 4 x 45s exposures in w, i or z each night reaching 5 sigma magnitudes of w<22, i<21 and z<20.5 in each frame (see Chambers et al. 2016, 1612.05560). 

We report the discovery of an intrinsically faint transient PS19fbi (AT2019pyz) in the host galaxy SDSS J030746.47-004715.2, at a redshift of z = 0.038 or d = 168 Mpc (from NED).  The transient was discovered at MJD 58736.56 == 2019-09-10.56, at m_w = 19.47 +/- 0.04. It is offset from the host by 0.03" S, 1.03" E (a projected 0.8 kpc radius from the galaxy centre). At this distance the absolute magnitude is M_w = -16.83 (assuming m-M = 36.13 and foreground extinction of A_r = 0.168).

The transient is within the 90% probability region of LIGO/Virgo event S190910h (at a compatible distance), but this is not surprising given the very large area (24000 sq degrees) of this map.

Spectroscopic classification is encouraged.

Information on all objects discovered by the "Pan-STARRS search for kilonovae" will be made available at http://star.pst.qub.ac.uk/ps1threepi/. We will release AstroNotes for all these candidates and encourage spectroscopic classification or photometric follow-up.  A finder is attached. 

These discoveries are a byproduct of the Pan-STARRS NEO survey observations supported by the NASA Grants, including No. NNX14AM74G issued through the SSO Near Earth Object Observations Program.

 

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CatalogNameReported RAReported DECReported Obj-TypeReported RedshiftHost NameHost RedshiftRemarksTNS RATNS DECTNS Obj-TypeTNS Redshift
TNS2019pyz [PS19fbi]03:07:46.553-00:47:15.23SN0.03803:07:46.550-00:47:15.29