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AAVSO Special Notice

Special Notice #417: CH Cygni B and V photometry urgently requested

June 3, 2016: Dr. Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithosonian Center for Astrophysics) is urgently requesting B and V photometry of the symbiotic variable CH Cyg from now until at least the end of August. Observations made twice a week are sufficient; time series observations are not needed. Spectroscopy would also be very welcome and appreciated.

Special Notice 41x: QX Pup maximum offers observing opportunity

April 21, 2016:  The Mira variable QX Pup (12.4-12.8 I - 14.5-14.7 I) is approaching maximum and was magnitude 13.038 I +/-0.026 on April 16.9723 UT (HMB, J. Hambsch, Mol Belgium). This star is the target of an observing exercise initiated by Arne Henden in 2008 to determine fundamental information on it (http://www.aavso.org/qx-pup).

Special Notice #415: T CrB brighter and bluer - monitoring requested

April 8, 2016: The symbiotic recurrent nova T CrB has entered a super-active state, and it is brighter and bluer than it has been since before its last outburst in 1946. Multicolor and visual ongoing observations are requested.

Special Notice #414: SS Cyg monitoring continues for radio campaign

April 5, 2016: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 536, close monitoring of the cataclysmic variable SS Cyg is urgently requested. Immediate notification of the beginning of the anticipated outburst is crucial and is requested.

The success of the multiwavelength (radio and optical) observing campaign on SS Cyg underway depends on immediate reporting of outburst behavior to trigger multi-site radio observations.

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

June 3, 2011: As an update to AAVSO Special Notice #241 (http://www.aavso.org/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!

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:

Special Notice #412: SS Cyg monitoring needed for radio campaign

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.

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