An unusually brilliant transient in the galaxy M85

@article{Kulkarni2007AnUB,
  title={An unusually brilliant transient in the galaxy M85},
  author={S. Kulkarni and E. Ofek and A. Rau and S. Cenko and A. Soderberg and D. Fox and A. Gal-yam and P. Capak and D. S. Moon and W. Li and A. Filippenko and E. Egami and J. Kartaltepe and D. Sanders},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={447},
  pages={458-460}
}
  • S. Kulkarni, E. Ofek, +11 authors D. Sanders
  • Published 2007
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Historically, variable and transient sources have both surprised astronomers and provided new views of the heavens. Here we report the discovery of an optical transient in the outskirts of the lenticular galaxy Messier 85 in the Virgo cluster. With a peak absolute R magnitude of -12, this event is distinctly brighter than novae, but fainter than type Ia supernovae (which are expected in a population of old stars in lenticular galaxies). Archival images of the field do not show a luminous star… CONTINUE READING
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