Discovery certificate for object 2018xw
TNS Astronomical Transient Report No. 17042 [ 2018TNSTR.252....1R ]

Date Received (UTC): 2018-02-21 02:53:33
Sender: Prof. Gautham Narayan
Reporting Group: None     Discovery Data Source: None

A. Rest (STScI), A. Zenteno(NOAO/CTIO), Giovanni Strampelli (STScI), B. E. Tucker (Mt Stromlo Observatory, ANU), P. M. Garnavich (Notre Dame), S. Margheim (Gemini Observatory), D. Kasen (UCB/LBL), R. Olling, E. Shaya (U Maryland), G. Narayan (STScI), A. Villar (CfA), F. Forster (U. de Chile), R. Mushotzky (UMD), R. Chris Smith (NOAO/CTIO) report/s the discovery of a new astronomical transient.

IAU Designation: AT 2018xw
Discoverer internal name: C16-0070
Coordinates (J2000): RA = 08:40:50.531 (130.210546) DEC = +24:28:42.22 (24.478394)
Discovery date: 2018-01-25 17:03:17.000 (JD=2458144.21062)

Potential host galaxy: SDSS J084050.53+242842.2
Host redshift: 0.474

Remarks: Object is well separated from K2 galactic sources and therefore did not meet criteria to issue an alert. However, target position does overlap K2 pixel, and should result in a well-sampled light curve.


Discovery (first detection):
Discovery date: 2018-01-25 17:03:17.000
Flux: 20.643 ABMag
Filter: i-Sloan
Instrument: DECAM
Telescope: CTIO - 4-m Victor M. Blanco Telescope

Last non-detection:
Archival info: Other
Remarks: Not detected in PS1 imaging on 20180121, or in archival SDSS imaging.

Details of the new object can be viewed here: