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Astron. Astrophys. 321, 81-83 (1997)

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Research Note

A candidate supernova in the ultraluminous infrared galaxy IRAS 12112+0305

N. Trentham

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu HI 96822, USA (nat@newton.ifa.hawaii.edu)

Received 1 August 1996 / Accepted 27 September 1996


We report the discovery of a candidate supernova in the ultraluminous galaxy IRAS 12112+0305 during April/May 1995. This would be the first supernova discovered in an ultraluminous infrared galaxy ([FORMULA]), although supernovae have been discovered in the slightly less extreme starburst galaxy NGC 3690. If this is a supernova, our very limited observations suggest that it is a Type II.

Key words: supernovae – galaxies: starburst – galaxies: individual: IRAS 12112+0305

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Online publication: June 30, 1998