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MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8: probable nova (10.9 mag) in the SMC

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MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8: probable nova (10.9 mag) in the SMC

MASTER-OAFA discovery: 9 mag amplitude outburst in SMC
ATel #9621:

MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8 discovery – more then 9 mag amplitude outburst in SMC

MASTER-OAFA auto-detection system (Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 01h 06m 03.18s -74d 47m 15.8s on 2016-10-14.19341 UT.
The OT magnitude in unfilter is 10.9m (limit 18.3m). The OT is seen in 3 images. There is no minor planet at
this place.
We have reference image without OT on 2016-08-01.21289 UT with unfiltered mlim=18.9m. There is a GALEX source and USNO-B1 star in 0.9" with B=20.17, R=20.00
Spectral observations are required.
The discovery and reference images are available at:

Credential certification: Nataly Tyurina

The above mentioned (blue) USNO-B1 star is also listed in the MCPS Catalog (Magellanic Clouds Photometric Survey: the SMC; Zaritsky+, 2002) as follows:
RA 01 06 03.35, DEC -74 47 15.5 (J2000.0)
V= 20.583, B= 20.445, U= 19.717 mag


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MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8: probable nova (10.9 mag) in the S

Hi All

Thankyou Patrick for bringing this probable Nova to my attention. Because of your timely email I have been able to immediately observe this field and confirm the OT with the following V, Rc, Ic observations:

V = 10.71 (0.04)  JD 2457676.054

Rc = 9.59 (0.02)  JD 2457676.055

Ic = 9.28 (0.05)  JD 2457676.056

Best regards,



Andrew Pearce
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MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8: probable nova (10.9 mag)

Hi All

Through cloudy skies, I've been able to visually confirm this nova suspect.  On Oct 14.61UT, it was mag 10.5.


Andrew Pearce (PEX)

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OGLE-IV Pre-discovery Observations of MASTER OT J010603.18-74471

Shumkov et al. (ATel #9621) reported the discovery of a bright optical transient MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8 toward the Small Magellanic Cloud. The object is located in the fields SMC727 and SMC734 that are regularly monitored by the OGLE-IV Survey.

The star was saturated in the image acquired on 2016 October 14.11706 UT, meaning it was brighter than I=11 mag. The last pre-eruption image was taken on October 6.15547 UT.

The progenitor was clearly visible in the OGLE images at equatorial coordinates of R.A. = 01:06:03.27, Decl. = -74:47:15.8 (J2000.0). It had the mean magnitude of I = 20.84 mag and color (V-I) = 0.16 mag. The progenitor showed semi-regular variability on a timescale of 20-30 days.

The transient's brightness and its progenitor's properties suggest it is a classical nova.
Precise I-band photometry of the star will be available via the OGLE CVOM system once the star fades below the saturation limit.

Finding charts can be found here:

P. Mroz, A. Udalski (Warsaw University Observatory), on behalf of the OGLE team

ATel #9622:

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Spectroscopic confirmation as a classical nova in the SMC

Spectroscopic Confirmation of MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8 as a Classical Nova in the SMC

"... This spectrum confirms MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8 is a classical nova eruption in the SMC and we classify it as a member of the He/N spectroscopic class. We note that this is the first nova observed in the SMC since 2012 and further follow-up observations are strongly encouraged."

ATel #9628; S. C. Williams (Lancaster), M. J. Darnley (LJMU)

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Pre-discovery observations of MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8

Pre-discovery observations of the MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8 Classical Nova in the SMC (ATel #9631):

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AAVSO Alert Notice 557 on the nova MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8

AAVSO Alert Notice 557 reports on the classical nova discovered in the Small Magellanic Cloud (Tuc), MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8. Please see the notice for information, observations, and observing instructions.

Good observing,

Elizabeth Waagen, AAVSO HQ

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