March 28, 2008
The Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBET 1315, D.W.E. Green, editor) announced the discovery of a bright apparent supernova in NGC 7793 by L.A.G. "Berto" Monard of Pretoria, South Africa. The supernova, SN 2008bk, is located approximately 2.3 arcminutes north of the nucleus of NGC 7793, a bright flocculent spiral galaxy of type Scd. Monard measured the supernova at magnitude 12.6 +/- 0.2 at 2008 March 25.141 (JD 2454550.641). This supernova has not yet been spectrally classified, but the galaxy is undergoing active star formation and a core collapse supernova is possible.
The supernova is located at RA: 23 57 47.5 , Dec: -32 33 24 (J2000)
Finder charts for this supernova may be generated by entering these coordinates into VSP: http://www.aavso.org/observing/charts/vsp/
Please submit observations to the AAVSO with the name "SN 2008bk" or using the AAVSO Unique ID "000-BFT-152". Comparison stars have not yet been assigned, so please clearly indicate which stars you use when making visual estimates or performing photometry.
Congratulations to Berto Monard for his latest supernova discovery!
This AAVSO Special Notice was prepared by Matthew Templeton.
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