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Alert Notice 201: 0740+73 Supernova 1995E in NGC 2441 AND Important reminder [CV observations for Astro-2, EUVE, Voyager, and ASCA] and Thanks [CV observations for Keele U. request and Hipparcos red variables for calibration]

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AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 201 (February 23,1995)

0740+73 SUPERNOVA 1995E IN NGC 2441

We have been informed by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU Circular
) and by Guy Hurst, editor of The Astronomer, of the discovery of a supernova in
NGC 2441 by Alessandro Gabrielcic, Agordo, Italy, on February 20.850 UT on a CCD
frame at V magnitude about 15.0. SN 1995E is located 7 seconds east and 22 seconds south
of the galaxy's center. P. Molaro (who reported the discovery to the IAU Circular), C.
Boehm, and G. Tessicini, Trieste Observatory, report that the spectrogram they have
obtained suggests that SN 1995E to be a type-Ia supernova.

The position of NGC 2441 is:

   RA = 07h 52.2m Decl. = +73o 02' (2000)

Accompanying are a finder chart from the AAVSO Variable Star Atlas showing the location
of the galaxy and a CCD image from the Deg Space CCD Atlas: North by J.C. Vickers.
Until we have made a finder chart for this field we recommend that, if the supernova
continues to brighten, observers make use of the comparison star sequence in the field of Z
Cam, which is near by.

Sincere congratulations to Allessandro Gabrielcic on his discovery!


a. Observations of cataclysmic variables for Astro-2, EUVE, VOYAGER, and ASCA

The NASA satellite Astro-2 is scheduled to be launched from the space shuttle on March 2
at 6:37 UT 1995. One of the observing programs to be carried out with Astro-2 is the
monitoring of cataclysmic variables with various instruments aboard Astro-2, and for this
program the team of astronomers is depending on the observations reported by variable
star observers worldwide that we will communicate to them every day (see AAVSO Alert
Notice 197
). Please monitor the cataclysmic variables below closely and inform us of your
observations daily from March 2 through March 16 so that we may inform the team of
astronomers of Astro-2 daily.

0058+40 RX And 0409-71 VW Hyi 1247-28 EX Hya
0139+37 AR And 0749+22 U Gem 1813+49 AM Her
0207-63 WX Hyi 0804+28 YZ Cnc 1934+30 EM Cyg
0219+27 RW Tri 0814+73 Z Cam 2138+43 SS Cyg
0309-22 EF Eri  

The highest priority targets continue to be VW Hyi, WX Hyi, YZ Cnc, and also U Gem
and Z Cam. However, the other targets are also important, particularly if any of them go
into outburst. Additional targets of opportunity, if any of them go into outburst, are SW
UMa, OY Car, BV Cen, and HL CMa.

Checking the recent data that you, our observers, have been submitting, we predict that
several of the stars on the list will go into outburst during the Astro-2 mission, and your
early information and alerts on these outbursts are particularly crucial to the success of the
Astro-2 observing runs. So, please monitor these stars every night if you can and report
your observations EVEN IF THE STARS ARE AT MINIMUM, daily to AAVSO
Headquarters by 9:30 a.m.(EST) - 2:30 (GMT) - so that we may inform the team of
astronomers daily.

b. Thank you!

Sincere thanks to all observers who monitored the nine dwarf novae that were in the
observing program of astronomers at Keele University early this month (AAVSO Alert
Notice 199
) We particularly thank W. Albrecht, J. Bortle, T. Burrows, A. Dill, W. Dillon,
P. Dombrowski, G. Dyck, R. Harvan, R. Hayes, R. King, J. McKenna, D. Overbeek, P.
Robbins, R. Royer, C. Stephan, W. Stewart, B. A. Tekatch, and D. York. Your valuable
astronomical contributions are very much appreciated by all of us here and by the
astronomers who carried out interesting observations on these stars.

Thanks also to all observers who have monitored Hipparcos Red Variables throughout
February for photometric calibration (AAVSO Alert Notice 196). Your observations, ag
are very much appreciated and have been very helpful.

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Many thanks for your efforts and valuable astronomical contributions.

Good observing!

Janet A. Mattei


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