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Special Notice #123: Possible nova in Centaurus [Nova Cen 2008, V1212 Cen]

September 3, 2008

A possible nova in Centaurus [Nova Cen 2008, V1212 Cen] was discovered by G. Pojmanski et al. of the ASAS-3 project (vsnet-alert 10482).  The existence of the bright transient (V=8.3 at maximum) has been confirmed, but the object has not been definitively classified as a Nova.  It was first detected by ASAS-3 on 2008 August 26.045 (JD 2454704.545) at V=9.971, and rose to V=8.385 by 2008 August 30.040 (JD 2454708.540).  Pending classification, the AAVSO requests observations of this new object.  An AAVSO Alert Notice will be issued if and when the object is classified as a Nova.

A sequence for the field was prepared by M. Morel (AVSON #1328, and private communication) and has been uploaded to the AAVSO VSP.  Both visual observations and instrumental photometry are encouraged.

This object is located at the following coordinates from Sostero et al. (see vsnet-alert 10484):

RA: 14 35 02.54 , Dec: -64 06 20.0 (J2000)

Charts for this object may be plotted using VSP and entering the coordinates above: http://www.aavso.org/observing/charts/vsp/

This object has been assigned the provisional AAVSO designation "VSX J143502.5-640620" and the AUID "000-BFT-811".  Please submit data with either of those identifiers.

This AAVSO Special Notice was prepared by M. Templeton.

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