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Alert Notice 178: 1425-50 Nova Lupi 1993 AND Revised finder chart for 1806-29 Nova Sagittarii 1993 AND Successful completion of ORFEUS Mission AND Outburst of 0409-71 VW Hydri

Spetember 23, 1993

1425-50 NOVA LUPI 1993

We have been informed by our member William Liller, Vina del Mar, Chile, of his photographic discovery, using PROBLICOM, of a nova in Lupus at magnitude 8.0 (average of two photographs, TechPan film plus orange filter) on September 19.02 UT. The 1950 position, precessed from the equinox 2000 measurements provided by R.H. McNaught and G. J. Garradd, Anglo-Australian Observatory, is

RA 14h 28m 26.04s Decl. -500 57' 18.2"

Special Notice #242: SN 2011dh = Supernova in M51 = PSN J13303600+4706330

June 3, 2011: As an update to AAVSO Special Notice #241 (, the supernova in M51 has been designated SN 2011dh. Discovery, classification, and observation information have been published in IAU CBET 2736 (Daniel W. E. Green, ed.).

Coordinates: 13:30:05.08 +47:10:11.2  (J2000.0)
Coordinates source is Silverman et al., ATEL 3398

Observations should be submitted to the AAVSO International Database using the name SN 2011dh.

Thank you and good observing!

Alert Notice 541: V3661 Ophiuchi = Nova Oph 2016 = PNV 17355050-2934240

March 16, 2016

Event: Nova in Ophiuchus

Independent discovery by:  
 - Minoru Yamamoto (Okazaki, Aichi-ken, Japan, reported via H. Yamaoka, Kyushu University)
 - Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan, reported via Yamaoka)

Discovery magnitude:
 - Yamamoto: ~10.6 on four 15-second frames and using a Canon 5DMRK2 camera + 135-mm lens
 - Nakamura: ~10.6 on a 30-second CCD image and using a 135-mm lens  

Alert Notice 540: Secondary eclipse of b Persei is underway

March 10, 2016: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 537, the anticipated secondary eclipse of b Per is underway, according to information from campaign astronomer Dr. Donald F. Collins. Dr. Collins writes:

Alert Notice 539: Dwarf novae observations requested for VLA campaign

March 1, 2016: Ms. Deanne Coppejans (PhD candidate, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) and University of Cape Town) and colleagues have requested AAVSO observer assistance in monitoring several northern dwarf novae in support of their campaign to observe them with the Very Large Array (VLA) in their ongoing radio jet research. Their research on radio jets in dwarf novae has been discussed in AAVSO Alert Notice 505.

Alert Notice 538: Observations of V694 Mon (MWC 560) requested for Chandra campaign

February 26, 2016: Dr. Jeno Sokoloski (Columbia University) and Mr. Adrian Lucy (graduate student, Columbia University) have requested AAVSO observations of the jet-driving symbiotic star V694 Mon (MWC 560), which is in outburst, in support of upcoming Chandra observations to investigate the state of the inner accretion disk during this outburst.

The Chandra observations are scheduled (preliminary schedule) for 2016 March 8 (7:17-14:13 UTC) and March 9 (2:20-9:17 UTC).

Alert Notice 537: Observations of a secondary eclipse of b Persei requested

February 26, 2016: Dr. Donald F. Collins (AAVSO member, Swannanoa, NC), Dr. Robert Zavala (US Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station), and Jason Sanborn (Lowell Observatory) request high time-resolution observations of the bright eclipsing star b Persei (not beta) during an expected secondary eclipse of the third star of the system as it is expected to pass behind the close orbiting stars of the system in the two weeks centered on March 7, 2016. Dr. Collins provides the information below.

Special Notice #413: SU UMa observations needed now

February 23, 2016: Deanne Coppejans (Department of Astrophysics, Radboud University Nijmegen) requests observations of the dwarf nova SU UMa now in order to determine its status. She and colleagues observed it on 20 February 2016 with the Very Large Array (VLA) and need to know whether it is (was) in outburst.

Observations of SU UMa in the AAVSO International Database from around the time of the VLA observations show it to be in quiescence:

Alert Notice 536: SS Cyg monitoring requested for radio campaign

February 8, 2016:  Further to AAVSO Special Notice #412, Dr. James Miller-Jones (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in support of their multiwavelength (radio and optical) campaign on the dwarf nova SS Cyg. Close monitoring of SS Cyg and immediate reporting of observations to the AAVSO via WebObs is requested beginning now.


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