AstroNote 2020-151

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2020-08-11 19:22:48
Type: Object/s-Discovery/Classification
ZTF early discovery of the rapidly rising transient ZTF20abqvsik / AT2020rcq
Authors: Nora Linn Strotjohann, Rachel Bruch, Yi Yang, Steve Schulze, Avishay Gal-Yam, Ofer Yaron, Erez Zimmerman, Ido Irani (WIS), Jesper Sollerman (OKC)
Source Group: ZTF
Abstract:
We report the ZTF discovery of ZTF20abqvsik / AT2020rcq - a rapidly rising young transient in the nearby galaxy UGC 06930 at z=0.00259. At a distance of ~11 Mpc the transient was discovered on August 11, 2020 at 03:46 UT with an absolute ZTF r-band magnitude of M = -15.0. We encourage follow-up observations of this transient.

The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; Bellm et al. 2019; Graham et al. 2019) Infant Supernova Science Program (Gal-Yam 2019) reports the early discovery of AT 2020rcq (ZTF20abqvsik), following the methodology outlined by Gal-Yam et al. (2011).

The object was first detected on ZTF r-band images obtained on August 9, 2020 at 04:01 UT, about 2 days after the last non-detection, and was picked up by several Marshal filters (including the Infant SNe filter, the filter for Rapidly Evolving Transients, the Census of the Local Universe and the Fast Transient filter). The object was saved by a duty astronomer and spectroscopic follow-up observations were triggered.

After its first detection on August 9, the r-band flux of the transient rose by 3.3 magnitudes over 2 days suggesting that this potential SN exploded shortly before the first detection.

Assuming the redshift of the apparent host (UGC 06930, z=0.00259 from NED), the object was discovered with an absolute magnitude of Mr=-15 on August 11. Due to the limited visibility, rapid spectroscopic follow-up is highly encouraged.

We will continue to distribute alerts on such early SN detections via AstroNotes.

ZTF is a project led by PI S. R. Kulkarni at Caltech, and includes IPAC; WIS, Israel; OKC, Sweden; JSI/UMd, USA; UW,USA; DESY, Germany; NRC, Taiwan; UW Milwaukee, USA and LANL USA. ZTF acknowledges the generous support of the NSF under AST MSIP Grant No 1440341. Alert distribution service provided by DIRAC@UW. Alert filtering is being undertaken by the GROWTH marshal system (Kasliwal et al. 2019), supported by NSF PIRE grant 1545949.

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CatalogNameReported RAReported DECReported Obj-TypeReported RedshiftHost NameHost RedshiftRemarksTNS RATNS DECTNS Obj-TypeTNS Redshift
TNS2020rcq [ZTF20abqvsik]11:57:14.680+49:17:32.000.002592UGC 069300.00259211:57:14.680+49:17:31.99SN Ia0.002597