Supernova SN2003O Discovered January 18, 2003

Image courtesy of Doug Rich

Image courtesy of Doug Rich

Discovery overview

Discovering party: Doug Rich

Official name: SN2003o
Category:  Supernova
Subcategory:  type II
Location:  Galaxy UGC2798 in the Constellation Perseus

Official CBAT report

                                                 Circular No. 8055
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     Doug Rich, Hampden, ME, reports his discovery of an apparent
supernova (mag about 17.0) on an unfiltered CCD frame taken with a
0.26-m reflector on Jan. 18.96 UT, with a confirming image (showing
the new object at mag 16.9) obtained on Jan. 20.15 by M. Schwartz.
SN 2003O is located at R.A. = 3h38m09s.13, Decl. = +40o58'38".0
(equinox 2000.0), which is about 9".8 west and 21".0 south of the
center of UGC 2798.  The new object is not visible on the red/blue
Palomar Sky Survey digital images or on CCD frames taken by Rich on
2002 Sept. 1.20 and Oct. 15.28 (limiting mag 18.0).






Discovery credit





The confirmation image was taken by Michael Schwartz with the 32 inch Tenagra II telescope located in southern Arizona.




Discovery Notes

  • The discovery image was taken with a 10″ LX200 and ST9XE camera.
  • The discovery image is “noisy” due to the presence of a full moon on the night it was taken.



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