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Alert Notice 620: Coverage of Nova LMC 1996 (OGLE-2018-NOVA-01) outburst needed now

This Alert Notice has been edited to correct a typographical error, and to correct the statement that the LMC was not well placed for coverage from Chile; AAVSO coverage was requested to broaden the coverage in longitude. Apologies for the errors - EOW

March 14, 2018: Dr. Frederick Walter (Stony Brook University) has requested AAVSO observers, particularly those in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, to monitor the current outburst of the recurrent nova Nova LMC 1996 = OGLE-2018-NOVA-01.

Alert Notice 619: Nova Ophiuchi 2018 = PNV J17244011-2421463

March 6, 2018

Event: Nova in Ophiuchus - Nova Oph 2018 = PNV J17244011-2421463

Discovered by: Tadashi Kojima (Gunma-ken, Japan), reported via S. Nakano (Sumoto, Japan)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 12.5 (on three frames, using Canon EOS 6D digital camera + 200-mm f/3.2 lens)

Alert Notice 618: Monitoring SDSS J153817.35+512338.0 for HST observations

March 5, 2018: Anna Pala (Ph.D. candidate, University of Warwick) has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the faint polar cataclysmic variable SDSS J153817.35+512338.0 in support of Hubble Space Telescope observations scheduled for late March-early April 2018.

The HST observing window is 2018 March 28 - April 9. Once the exact time of the HST observations is known, it will be announced on the AAVSO discussion forum thread for this campaign given below.

Alert Notice 617: Multiwavelength observations of YZ Cnc, SU UMa, and CR Boo outbursts

March 5, 2018: Bob Jacobs (Ph.D. candidate, Radboud University) and Drs. Samaya Nissanke (Radboud University), Jennifer Barnes (Columbia University), and Deanne Coppejans (Northwestern University) have requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the cataclysmic variables YZ Cnc, SU UMa, and CR Boo. The goal is to build good multicolor light curves of two outbursts of CR Boo and two superoutbursts each of YZ Cnc and SU UMa.

AAVSO Alert Notice 616: Nova Sco 2018 No. 2 = PNV J16484962-4457032

February 13, 2018

Event: Nova in Scorpius: Nova Sco 2018 No. 2 = PNV J16484962-4457032

Discovered by: Hideo Nishimura (Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan, reported by S. Nakano, Sumoto, Japan, via CBET 4488)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 11.7 (on five frames using a Canon EOS 6D digital camera+200-mm-f.l. f/3.2 lens)

Discovery date: 2018 February 6.863 UT
 
Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 16 48 49.62  Decl. -44 57 03.2

Alert Notice 615: ASASSN-18ca = PNV J00423439+4044255 - Probable Nova in M31

February 12, 2018

Event: Probable Nova in M31: ASASSN-18ca = PNV J00423439+4044255

Discovered independently by:
- Koichi Itagaki (Yamagata, Japan; reported via CBAT TOCP)
- All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) (reported by J. Brimacombe et al. in ATel #11275)

Alert Notice 614 : Monitoring of GW Lib to support XMM-Newton observation

February 12, 2018: Dr. Koji Mukai (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and colleagues have requested AAVSO observations of the WZ Sge type dwarf nova GW Lib in support of observations with the ESA XMM-Newton spaceobservatory scheduled for

2018 February 17  05:46:41 - 21:36:41 UT

Alert Notice 613: Nova Cir 2018 - PNV J13532700-6725110

January 31, 2018

Event: Nova in Circinus  -  Nova Cir 2018 = PNV J13532700-6725110

Discovered by: John Seach (Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia)

Discovery magnitude: 9.1 unfiltered CCD (on three images, using DSLR with 50 mm f/1.2 lens)

Alert Notice 612: Nova Sco 2018 - PNV J17180658-3204279

January 31, 2018

Event: Nova in Scorpius  -  Nova Sco 2018 = PNV J17180658-3204279

Discovered by: Hideo Nishimura (Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan), reported by S. Nakano (Sumoto, Japan)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 11.0 (three 10-second images using DSLR with 200-mm f/3.2 lens)

Discovery date: 2018 January 17.869 UT
 
Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 17 18 06.37  Decl. -32 04 27.7 (from VSX)

Alert Notice 611: Flaring of Blazar 3C 279

January 26, 2018: AAVSO member/observer Adolfo Darriba (Madrid, Spain) informs us that Dr. Dave Thompson, Multiwavelength Coordinator for the Large Area Telescope (LAT) of NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope, on behalf of the Fermi LAT Collaboration has called for observations of the blazar 3C 279, which is undergoing a major gamma-ray flare.

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