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Special Notice #421: SN 2016gkg - Unusual Type-II Supernova in NGC 613 (Scl)

September 22, 2016: SN 2016gkg (announced as AT2016gkg) was discovered by Victor Buso (Rosario, Argentina) on 2016 September 20.2484 UT at CCD magnitude (clear filter) 17.6 +/-0.5, rising to 14.5 +/-0.2 on Sep. 21.1398. His discovery was reported to the Transient Name Server by Sebastian Otero (Buenos Aires, Argentina). It was confirmed by ASAS-SN on Sep. 21.29 UT (B. Nicholls (Mt.

Alert Notice 552: Gaia16aye microlensing event monitoring urgently requested

September 20, 2016 : Dr. Kirill Sokolovsky (National Observatory of Athens and Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University), has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the ongoing microlensing event Gaia16aye beginning immediately to catch transient behavior occurring now and continuing through the end of October (or until further notice).

Alert Notice 551: GDS_J1701281-430612 monitoring for HST observations

September 20, 2016: Dr. Mark Reynolds (University of Michigan) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the cataclysmic variable GDS_J1701281-430612 in support of HST/COS observations scheduled for early October.

Solar Bulletin - Volume 72, Number 08

The August Solar Bulletin is now available. Please visit the Solar Bulletin web page to download your copy: https://www.aavso.org/solar-bulletin

The August SID Data report is available here: https://www.aavso.org/sid-database

Special Notice #420: OJ 287 very bright and Subscription reminder

September 13, 2016

OJ 287

S. Zola (Jagiellonian University) et al. (ATel #9489) report that the BL Lac object OJ 287 has emerged from conjunction optically very bright and increasing in brightness, according to their observations made at Mt. Suhora Observatory in August and September 2016.

Their observations and recent observations of this blazar in the AAVSO International Database include:

Alert Notice 550: Nova Sco 2016 No. 2 = PNV J17225112-3158349 = ASASSN-16kd

September 9, 2016:

Event: Nova in Scorpius

Discovered by:  
- Shigehisa Fujikawa (Kan'onji, Kagawa, Japan; reported to CBAT via M. Soma (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo))
- All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) (K. Z. Stanek et al., ATel #9469, published September 7; reported to CBAT via L. Chomiuk (Michigan State University))

Alert Notice 549: RX And Chandra observing campaign

September 1, 2016: Dr. Christian Knigge (University of Southampton) and colleagues have requested AAVSO coverage of the Z Cam dwarf nova RX And in support of Chandra X-ray observations to be carried out via a Target of Opportunity (TOO) triggering when the system is in a suitable outburst.

Registration Now Open for Remaining 2016 CHOICE Courses

Registration is now open for the remaining CHOICE courses to be offered in 2016. You can sign up by visiting the AAVSO Store.

September 5 - 30
CCD Photometry Part I

Alert Notice 548: AR Sco observing campaign

August 18, 2016: Dr. Thomas Marsh (University of Warwick) and colleagues have requested AAVSO coverage of the intriguing binary AR Sco in support of upcoming Newton-XMM observations.

The XMM observations of AR Sco have been scheduled for:
2016 September 10 15:41 - September 11 02:26 UT

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