SN 2020ue is a bright supernova in elliptical galaxy NGC 4636 in constellation Virgo. With actual brightness of V~13.5 mag it is still reachable whithin the Alpy600 spectrograph,
but it needs good weather conditions. At my location the object reaches a maximum altitude of 45°.
I took a spectrum on 2020-02-09 in the morning; the sky was mostly clear with some cirrostratus, low humidity, bad seeing, temperature: -2° C
2020-01-18 04:01 - 04:16 UT, remote-imaging via itelescope.net: T21 (Planewave 17" CDK, 431/1940, f/4.5 on Planewave Ascension 200HR) in New Mexico, USA with FLI-PL6303E CCD camera, L-filter, 10x60s; magnitude measured with Astrometrica: 12.0 mag;
See SN 2020ue at Latest Supernovae page for more information and images.
Here is my spectrum of this supernova:
2020-02-09 02:24 - 04:40 UT, Roof Observatory Kaufering,
Meade 14" ACF telescope on Taurus GM-60 mount, Astro Physics reducer CCDT67,
Alpy600 with guiding unit, CCD camera: Atik 428EX, guiding camera: ASI 120 MM; recording software: AstroArt, guiding software: PHD2;
Wavelength calibration: Hg lines from energy saving lamp and Ne lines from flicker flame light bulbs,
instrumental response calibration: with reference star HD 109860, A0 V, data reduction: with
Integrated Spectrographic Innovative Software from Christian Buil;
The spectrum has been cut at the near UV end (3700 Å) due to strong noise.
The classification with two independent methods shows clearly a type Ia.
1) Classification with GELATO
(Padova-Asiago Supernova Group), see .
Spectrum from 2020-02-09 second best matches to SN 1994D (Ia) with an age of 14.7 d (Quality factor: 3.04) - visually the best match.
2) Classification with SNID
(SuperNova IDentification), see .
Spectrum from 2020-02-09 best matches to SN 1995ak (Ia-norm) with an age of 17.4 d
In both tools the red shift (z=0.00307) of host galaxy has been entered. If Jan, 24th 2020 is assumed as the day of maximum brightness, there are 16 days since, both ages are close estimates.
Note: The age in both tools (GELATO and SNID) is given in days since maximum brightness.