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Alert Notice 610: Anticipated primary eclipse of b Persei by the third star

January 26, 2018: An AAVSO campaign on the bright star b Per has been launched at the request of Dr. Donald F. Collins, who writes:

Alert Notice 609: Nova Muscae 2018 - PNV J11261220-6531086

January 15, 2018

Event: Nova in Musca - Nova Muscae 2018 = PNV J11261220-6531086

Discovered by: Rob Kaufman (Bright, Victoria, Australia)

Discovery magnitude: 7.0 V (on four frames, using Canon 650D and 55mm lens)

Discovery date: 2018 January 14.4861 UT

Coordinates (2000.0):  R.A. 11 26 15.16  Decl. -65 31 23.3
Position from VSX; measured by Daniel Bamberger (Marburg, Germany) on frames taken by Robert Fidrich (Bakonycsernye, Hungary).

Alert Notice 608: TT Ari monitoring requested for VLA observations

December 1, 2017: Dr. Deanne Coppejans (Northwestern University) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the cataclysmic variable TT Ari in support of observations scheduled to be made with the Very Large Array (VLA) in December 2017.

Dr. Coppejans writes:

Alert Notice 607: MASTER OT J132104.04+560957.8 photometry urgently needed for XMM observations

December 1, 2017: Dr. Mark Kennedy (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester) requests AAVSO observers' assistance in providing optical coverage of the polar MASTER OT J132104.04+560957.8 in support of observations with the XMM-Newton satellite scheduled for this Sunday, 2017 December 3, 08:35:31 UT - 16:38:51 UT.

The XMM-Newton observations themselves will not include an optical component, so photometry provided by AAVSO observers is essential for the interpretation of the X-ray data.

Alert Notice 606: Observing campaign on nova in Vela - ASASSN-17mt

November 17, 2017

Event: Nova in Vela (ASASSN-17mt) and associated observing campaign

Discovered by: ASAS-SN (K. Z. Stanek (Ohio State University) et al.; ATel #10772)

Discovery magnitude: V=11.3, using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Cassius" telescope at CTIO, Chile

Discovery date: 2017 September 24.39 UT

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 08 50 29.62   Decl. -47 45 28.3 (from VSX)

Alert Notice 605: Nova in Ophiuchus - PNV J17184504-2454221

November 14, 2017

Event: Nova in Ophiuchus

Discovered by: Shizuo Kaneko (Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan)

Discovery magnitude: magnitude 9.4 (CCD, unfiltered, using using Canon 6D digital camera + f/3.2 200-mm lens)

Alert Notice 604: CI Aql observations must be reported by 14:45 UT 2017 November 1

October 31, 2017: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 603, your positive observations of CI Aql, which will be used to determine whether the HST observation of CI Aql will take place, must be submitted to the AAVSO International Database by 14:45 UT (10:45 am EDT) on Wednesday, 2017 November 1. Without these positive ground-based observations reported by this time (and showing CI Aql not in outburst), the HST observation will not take place.

Alert Notice 603: CI Aql HST observation scheduled for November 2

October 27, 2017 : Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 599, Dr. Edward Sion (Villanova University) informs us that the HST COS observation of the recurrent nova CI Aql has been scheduled for November 2, 2017.

Alert Notice 602: CE Tau Observations Requested to Supplement BRITE-Constellation

October 17, 2017BRITE-Constellation (http://www.brite-constellation.at), a network of nano-satellites, is currently taking photometric observations of  the Taurus field (full target list and field specifications given http://brite.craq-astro.ca/doku.php?id=taui).  Within this field is CE Tau, a red supergiant with significant (0.5 mag) variations over timescales of months. Dr.

Alert Notice 601: V902 Mon observations needed to support XMM-Newton observation

October 10, 2017: Dr. Hauke Wörpel (Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)) has requested AAVSO assistance in obtaining observations of the eclipsing intermediate polar (IP) candidate V902 Mon in support of an XMM-Newton observation scheduled for 2017 October 14, 14:42 UT (duration 43,000s).

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