(IAAC) Fwd: SN 2003gd in M74

This message came over the Webb Society's email list this morning...
A brightish SN in a very well-known galaxy - this is exciting news!

(Even more exciting for us curmudgeonly visual SN hunters - this
one was found by the venerable Rev. Evans with just his eyeballs
and his redoubtable 12" telescope! :->)

Clear skies,
Lew Gramer

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From: WebbSoc@topica.com [mailto:WebbSoc@topica.com]
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2003 7:08 AM
To: WebbSoc@topica.com
Subject: Digest for WebbSoc@topica.com, issue 74


Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 10:55:49 +1000
From: "Carver, Rob" <...>
Subject: Here's a faint one...SN 2003gd in M74

This is from the AAVSO...

0131+15A   SUPERNOVA 2003gd in NGC 628 (M74)

We have been informed by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU
Circular 8150) that Robert O.Evans, Hazelbrook, NSW, Australia, visually
discovered a supernova at magnitude 13.2 on June 12.82 UT on top of the
southern spiral arm of NGC 628 (M74), using a 0.31-m reflector.

SN 2003gd was confirmed by Robert H. McNaught, Australia National
University, at red magnitude 13.9 on images taken June 13.84 UT. McNaught
also measured a precise position (IAUC 8150) for the supernova, offset 13.2"
east and 161" south of the galaxy center, as:
      R.A. = 01h 36m 42.65s Dec = +15 degrees 44' 22.9" (2000.0)

Spectroscopy obtained June 13.46 UT in twilight by Peter Garnavich,
University of Notre Dame, and E. Bass, Cornell University, confirm the
object as a type-II supernova (IAUC 8150).

Observations reported to the AAVSO include: 

  V = 14.26 +/- 0.03       BRUCE GARY (GBL), HEREFORD, AZ.

SN 2002GD can be found indicated on the AAVSO chart for SN 2002ap, available
at the URL below:


Have fun, 

Rob C

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