February 4, 2016: A multiwavelength (radio and optical) observing campaign on SS Cyg is underway, and AAVSO participation is urgently requested. An AAVSO Alert Notice will be issued February 5 with full details.
The purpose of this Special Notice is to alert observers right now to the need to monitor SS Cyg very closely and report your observations to the AAVSO via WebObs at once. It is likely to go into outburst very soon, and immediate reporting of outburst behavior is crucial to the success of the campaign.
January 19, 2016: Dr. George Wallerstein (University of Washington) has requested AAVSO coverage of the long period/symbiotic variable R Aquarii beginning immediately in support of high resolution spectroscopic observations planned for 2016 January 19 and 21.
December 15, 2015: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 503 and AAVSO Special Notice #409, Dr. Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) urgently requests that multicolor and visual AAVSO observations of the symbiotic variable RT Cru continue.
The long period variable R Aquarii is an extremely interesting system. Its type is both Mira (M) and symbiotic (ZAND) - R Aqr is a close binary system consisting of a hot star and a late-type star, both enveloped in nebulosity. In the case of R Aqr, the late-type star is a Mira. As a result, the very interesting light curve shows not only the Mira pulsation but also eclipses as the two stars interact.
October 30, 2015:Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 503, Dr. Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) informs us that the Chandra observations of the symbiotic variable RT Cru have been scheduled.
October 30, 2015: Dr. Peter Kuin (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London) and colleagues in the Swift Nova group have requested AAVSO observers' assistance in multicolor monitoring of V5668 Sgr (Nova Sgr 2015 No. 2, see AAVSO Alert Notices 512, 519) in support of an upcoming spectroscopic observation with the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS).
October 20, 2015:The AAVSO requests time-series observations of the enigmatic variable object KIC 8462852 beginning immediately and continuing through at least the end of the current observing season. The star is relatively bright (V=11.88) and shows aperiodic dips of a few tenths of a magnitude, the causes of which are unknown. The object is not known to be a close binary or a young stellar object, and there are no other typical indicators of circumstellar material such as infrared emission.