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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.

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.

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