PGIR20ekz: missed Galactic nova (gmag. 13 in July 2019) in Ophiuchus

Association Francaise des Observateurs d'Etoiles Variables (AFOEV)
Wed, 09/16/2020 - 07:06

Palomar Gattini-IR archival discovery of the bright NIR transient PGIR20ekz/AT 2019aafo: Spectroscopic confirmation of a highly reddened Galactic nova missed in 2019 (ATel #14014):

The optical peak (gmag. 13.3 – or brighter?) occurred around 2019 July 12; complete ASAS-SN Sky Patrol (Shappee et al. 2014ApJ...788...48S and Kochanek et al. 2017PASP..129j4502K) light curve and data:…

ZTF light curve:

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