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Possible Nova in Scorpius

22 Feb 2010, 22:07 UTC
Possible Nova in Scorpius
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Following the posting on the Central Bureau's unconfirmed-objects webpage about a possible nova in Sco, on February 22.8, 2010 we performed some follow-up of this object remotely through through a 0.40-m, f/3.8 reflector + CCD, from GRAS Observatory (Moorook, Australia).On our images we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with unfiltered CCD magnitude about 10.1 (UCAC2 Catalogue reference stars) at coordinates:R.A. = 17 06 07.50, Decl.= -37 14 27.7(equinox 2000.0; UCAC2 catalogue reference stars)Our confirmation image:Please click here for a bigger version:http://bit.ly/aPu58kThis is an animation showing a comparison between our image and thearchive DSS plate:Please click here for a bigger version:http://bit.ly/9wAoFNSpectroscopic observations are required to confirm the real nature of this transient.by Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero

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