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[vsnet-alert 7079] SN 2002J in NGC 3464

Dear SN watchers,

  The KAIT team discovered a somewhat nearby SN 2002J.  It can reach
mag 15.3.

  IAUC 7800 informed that the discovery was made on Jan. 21.4, when
the new object was mag about 16.8.  It was confirmed on the next day
when it became brighter by 0.2 mag.  The position of SN 2002J is: 
R.A. = 10h54m38s.36, Decl. = -21o03'53".6 (2000.0), which is about
24" west and 6" north of the nucleus of a open spiral (SAB(rs)c)
galaxy NGC 3464.  It is superimposed on the inner arm.

  There are several foreground stars superimposed or bright knots in
the host galaxy.  The brightest one is mag 16 star about 1' WNW of the
nucleus.  The SN is at about halfway between the nucleus and this
star.  Another mag 17 object can be seen about 40" SSW of the nucleus.

  The recession velocity of this galaxy is 3729 km/s (from NED), which
indicate that the maximum of the typical SN Ia in this galaxy would
be mag about 15.3.  The followup photometry and spectroscopic
classification of this rising SN is urged.

Sincerely Yours,
Hitoshi Yamaoka, Kyushu Univ., Japan

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