(cba:news) Fwd: ATel 11448. ***Instant Email Notice***: Transients

Joe Patterson jop at astro.columbia.edu
Tue Mar 20 06:41:54 EDT 2018

Well, it would be criminal not to forward this one!  Cloudy in NYC... 
but look outside!


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Subject: ATel 11448. ***Instant Email Notice***: Transients
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:17:04 -0400 (EDT)
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To: jop at astro.columbia.edu

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The Astronomer's Telegram 

ATEL #11448							     ATEL #11448

Title:	Very bright optical transient near the Trifid and Lagoon Nebulae
Author:	Peter Dunsby (University of Cape Town)
Queries:	Peter.Dunsby at uct.ac.za
Posted:	20 Mar 2018; 09:14 UT

Peter Dunsby (University of Cape Town) reports the detection of a very
bright optical transient in the region between the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae
based on observations obtained from Cape Town on 20 March 2018, between
01:00 and 03:45 UT.
The object was visible throughout the full duration of the observations
and not seen when this field was observed previously (08 March 2018).
The optical transients is at least first magnitude and is located at the
following coordinates: RA (2000):  18h 04m 50s Declination (2000.0): 
-23d 29m 58s
The coordinates are accurate to a few arcseconds. There is no obvious 
at this position on the Digital Sky Survey plates.
Observations were obtained using an 80mm refractor. The attached URL show
the image of this field (2.3 x 1.7 degrees, plate scale of 9 arcseconds
per pixel) on 20 March 2018. The optical transient is the brightest star
in the field.
Further observations are strongly encouraged to establish the nature of
this very bright optical transient.
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