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Introducing... The AAVSO Solar Observing Guide

Thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of long-time sunspot observer Frank Dempsey and his team, the AAVSO is proud to announce the publication of a brand new observing manual designed to help introduce observers to the art and science of solar observing.

The AAVSO Solar Observing Guide

Click the link above to read more and download your copy - free of charge.

 

 

Alert Notice 574: Monitoring of EPIC 204278916 requested

April 25, 2017: Dr. Carlo Manara (ESA Science and Technology SCI-S, the Netherlands) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the young, disk-bearing low-mass (M type) pre-main-sequence star EPIC 204278916 (2MASS J16020757-2257467).

Solar Bulletin - Volume 73, Number 03

 

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

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

Alert Notice 573: V2492 Cyg monitoring requested in support of XMM observations

April 6, 2017 : Dr. Nicolas Grosso (CNRS, Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the young eruptive star (FUOR type) V2492 Cyg from the optical to the infrared in support of X-ray observations with XMM-Newton scheduled for 2017 April 18 UT.

The XMM observations will take place: 2017-04-18 03:27:07 UT - 2017-04-18 14:17:07 UT.

AAVSO Newsletter 72, April 2017, is published

AAVSO Newsletter 72, April 2017 is now available to members

The AAVSO Newsletter is a periodic, general forum that supports our various observing programs with lists of new targets, observing programming ideas, and general information that spans a wide area of interest. Guest writers contribute pieces that can range from current events to book reviews.

Alert Notice 572: AG Dra monitoring requested

April 3, 2017: Dr. Rudolf Gális (Pavel Jozef Šafárik University (Slovakia)) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in observing the symbiotic variable AG Dra. Observations are requested as a follow-up to spectroscopic observations and in order to monitor the system for an anticipated outburst.

Adopt A Variable Star Program

The Adopt a Variable Star program supports the work of the AAVSO. Anyone can “adopt” a star listed in  Variable Star Index (VSX) for one year, for a donation of $30.00 US (tax-deductible in the US).

Alert Notice 571: Observations Requested of Exoplanet Proxima Centauri b

March 16, 2017: Dr. Karen Collins (Vanderbilt University) has requested ground-based, follow-up observations of recently discovered exoplanet Proxima Centauri b. This exoplanet is a suspected Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri (V645 Cen). There exists a rough ephemeris of this target based on radial velocity measurements, so the predicted mid-transit times can vary +/- 6 hours. Therefore, it is requested that observations be as long as possible.

Solar Bulletin - Volume 73, Number 02

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

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

Alert Notice 570: NR TrA (Nova TrA 2008) monitoring in support of XMM observations

March 7, 2017 : Dr. Fred Walter (Stony Brook University) has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring NR TrA (Nova TrA 2008) in support of upcoming XMM Newton observations. The XMM observations will take place 2017 March 13 06:21 through March 14 10:34 UT.

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