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2015ApJ...805L..18W - Astrophys. J., 805, L18 (2015/June-1)

A luminous red nova in M31 and its progenitor system.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present observations of M31LRN 2015 (MASTER OT J004207.99+405501.1), discovered in M31 in 2015 January, and identified as a rare and enigmatic luminous red nova (LRN). Spectroscopic and photometric observations obtained by the Liverpool Telescope showed the LRN becoming extremely red as it faded from its Mv = -9.4 ± 0.2 peak. Early spectra showed strong Hα emission that weakened over time as a number of absorption features appeared, including Na i D and Ba ii. At later times strong TiO absorption bands were also seen. A search of archival Hubble Space Telescope data revealed a luminous red source to be the likely progenitor system, with pre-outburst Hα emission also detected in ground-based data. The outburst of M31LRN 2015 shows many similarities, both spectroscopically and photometrically, with that of V838 Mon, the best studied LRN. We finally discuss the possible progenitor scenarios.

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Journal keyword(s): binaries: general - novae, cataclysmic variables - stars: individual: (M31LRN 2015, V838 Mon) - stars: peculiar - supergiants

Errata: erratum vol. 878, art. L39 (2019)

Simbad objects: 13

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