AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

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AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Robin Leadbeater » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:06 pm

From: Transient Name Server
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Subject: TNS - New reports and classifications


The following new transient/s were reported on:
https://wis-tns.weizmann.ac.il/object/2019hau
RA=19:28:22.236, DEC=+55:32:01.28, Discovery date=2019-06-07 08:52:48, Discovery mag=14 ABMag, Filter: g - Sloan, Reporter: K. Z. Stanek, C. S. Kochanek, for the ASAS-SN team, Source group: ASAS-SN



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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Peter Somogyi » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:47 am

Fresh result from last night, switching to the Alpy setup quickly when received the vsnet-alert:
guide_asassn-19om_20190607_889.jpg
star choice in the red cross
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6 x 30 minute, 300/1200 Newton + Alpy 600 (18 micron slit), ATIK 414 EXm camera:
asassn-19om_20190607_889.png

Strong and narrow Balmer and He I lines + HeII 4686 present, but the continuum is CV-like.
Uploaded spectrum to britastro specdb (https://www.britastro.org/specdb) under the name "ASASSN-19om".

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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Francois Teyssier » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:02 pm

Nice spectrum on a faint target, Peter!

Yes, the continuum looks to that of a CV.
But the emission is inusual for a CV in outburst, the lines are faint, no absortions ...

Nova: The He I and (then He II) appears about two mags after the maximum ; there's no Fe II lines which would be the case for a low speed nova (with narrow lines)

It looks to be a symbiotic in outburst (TiO bands overhelmed), with a strong interstellar extinction (thus strong blue continuum)

New spectra are very welcome!
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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Robin Leadbeater » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:46 pm

The rise was very rapid and from the latest ASAS-SN photometry, it may already be starting to fade
https://asas-sn.osu.edu/light_curves/9b ... d50528c720
https://lasair.roe.ac.uk/object/ZTF19aaxugwk/

I am not sure about high IS extinction. This would show as a reddening of the continuum I think. Also there is no obvious Na D absorption and the total galactic extinction E(B-v) is only ~0.1 in this direction

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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Robin Leadbeater » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:57 pm

I have pointed Kris Stanek/Jay Strader of the ASAS-SN team here. Perhaps they will have some suggestions

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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Peter Somogyi » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:08 am

Glad to see it's an interesting object, yesterday night made a repeat with the same setup:
asassn-19om_20190607_vs_0608.png
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I believe the target has faded a lot, hence the narrow spikes should be coming from noise on the new spectrum.
Verified also the continuum's blue fade validity (taken Iot Cyg 3 times in a before-mid-after fashion, starting at beginning of the night in both cases).
Uploaeded this new spectrum to britastro specdb.

Meanwhile received a comment from Steve Shore (for 1st spectrum):
"I'll bet a cataclysmic, likely a VV Pup-type system, perhaps an AM CVn
or AM Her. Very low extinction (no hint of Na I), and the Balmer lines
are pretty opaque."

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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Robin Leadbeater » Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:31 pm

I thought AM CVn systems were hydrogen poor ?
It looks rather like SDSS 0155 from this paper
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1 ... /fulltext/
section 3.4 fig 9
which was suggested to be either an AM Her or SW Sex type.
@Peter - Can you see any sign of an eclipse in the emission line strengths between the individual exposures ?

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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Peter Somogyi » Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:29 pm

Hello Robin, no I can't find anything conclusive (besides the fact that of course, the intensities vary):
Ha_HeII4686_velocities_75pct.jpg
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(In raw ADU unit, no response calibration - except flat/bias/dark, and disabled cosmic ray removal for this graph)
Other lines too noisy or obviously inconclusive to show.
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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Peter Somogyi » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:16 am

I've asked Tamas Tordai to prepare his simultaneous observation serie, covering also my time.
He has prepared for us these graphs (JUN.7 - JUN.11 at this time), he is mostly doing differential photometry with a clear filter:
asassn-19om_Tamas_Tordai_0607_0609.gif
Author: Tamas Tordai

Summary of first 3 days since alert:
asassn-19om_Tamas_Tordai_sum.gif
Author: Tamas Tordai

ASASSN-19om_Tamas_Tordai_JD58645_CV--.png
Author: Tamas Tordai
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Author: Tamas Tordai.

Based on these results, the outcome I've been told that it's most certainly a UGWZ-type dwarf nova.

Another update - 2 new spectra available, see:

https://wis-tns.weizmann.ac.il/object/2019hau

2019-06-09 22:08:32 UH88/SNIFS
2019-06-09 12:00:00 UH88/SNIFS
(the UH88 must be this 2.2 meter one at Mauna Kea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UH88 )

I think these spectra mostly match with mine, but their range 4870-5020 is unavailable by the graph - for any reason.

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Re: AT2019hau - Possible nova (mag 14) in Cygnus

Postby Robin Leadbeater » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:46 am

Hi Peter,

Yes I saw the report of super humps on vsnet but the the spectrum is perhaps unusual for a UGWZ outburst ?
I have had a comment back from Jay Strader "The H and He (especially He II) and lack of Fe or N lines makes it very likely to be a dwarf nova, though an unusual one to be sure." I found this reference though that suggests the spectrum can be very variable between absorption and emission
https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0401292

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