Pre-outburst observations of Nova Del 2013 from Pan-STARRS 1
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy,
2 Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, HI 96822, USA
3 Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences, Clippinger Labs 251B, Ohio University, Athens OH 45701, USA
4 Department of Physics, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
5 Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i, 640 N. Aohoku Place, Hilo HI 96720, USA
Received: 18 February 2014
Accepted: 24 February 2014
Context. Nova Delphini 2013 was identified on the 14th of August 2013 and eventually rose to be a naked eye object.
Aims. We sought to study the behaviour of the object in the run-up to outburst and to compare it to the pre-outburst photometric characteristics of other novae.
Methods. We searched the Pan-STARRS 1 datastore to identify pre-outburst photometry of Nova Del 2013 and identified twenty-four observations in the 1.2 years before outburst.
Results. The progenitor of Nova Delphini showed variability of a few tenths of a magnitude but did not brighten significantly in comparison with archival plate photometry. We also found that the object did not vary significantly on the approximately half hour timescale between pairs of Pan-STARRS 1 observations.
Key words: novae, cataclysmic variables / surveys
© ESO, 2014