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Special Notice #368: Bright transient in M74 - PSN J01364816+1545310

July 26, 2013:  Patrick Schmeer (SPK, Bischmischeim, Germany) reports via baavss-alert and vsnet-alert that a bright (12.4 U) transient, discovered in M74 (NGC 628) on 2013 July 25.80 UT, has been announced on the CBAT Transient Objects Confirmation Page. The discover's name does not appear there. The presence of the transient has been confirmed by Andrzej Pigulski on 2013 July 27 0:00 UT in vsnet-alert 16057.

Spectroscopy is needed to confirm the nature of this transient. Visual and CCD observations are also encouraged.

The transient is offset 93E 135S from the nucleus of M74.

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 01 36 48.16 Dec. +15 45 31.0

A finder chart with a Henden (USNO) sequence may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (VSP) at http://www.aavso.org/vsp.  Input the coordinates, and click on the DSS image overlay option for best results.

This object has not yet been added to VSX. When it is, please submit observations to the AAVSO International Database using the name PSN J01364816+1545310.

Thank you to Patrick for his notification and to Andrzej for confirming so quickly!


This AAVSO Special Notice was prepared by Elizabeth O. Waagen.

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