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Alert Notice 559: Observations of CI Cam needed to support spectroscopy

October 19, 2016: Kelly Gourdji and Marcella Wijngaarden (graduate students at the University of Amsterdam/Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy) have requested AAVSO observers' assistance in providing optical photometry of CI Cam in support of their high-resolution spectroscopy with the Mercator telescope + Hermes spectrograph in La Palma from now through January 2017.

Alert Notice 558: CI Aql monitoring needed to support HST observations

October 19, 2016: Dr. Edward Sion (Villanova University) has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the recurrent nova CI Aql in support of observations with the Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph scheduled for October 31 - November 2, 2016, and November 3 - November 5, 2016. These observations are part of a study on short orbital period recurrent novae as Supernovae Type Ia progenitors.

Alert Notice 557: MASTER OT J010603.18-744715.8 = Nova in SMC (Tucana)

October 17, 2016

Event: Nova in the Small Magellanic Cloud (Tucana)

Discovered by: the MASTER-OAFA auto-detection system (reported by V. Shumkov (Lomonosov Moscow State University) et al. in ATel #9621)

Discovery magnitude: 10.9 unfiltered CCD

Solar Bulletin - Volume 72, Number 09

The September Solar Bulletin is now available. Please visit the Solar Bulletin web page to download your copy:

The September SID Data report is available here:

Silent Auction Items for the 105th Annual Meeting, November 2016

Bidding in a silent auction is done privately via pre-printed sheets of paper set up at the auction table. You may bid on multiple items at once. Afterward, the written bids are examined and the person who bid the highest for each item claims and pays for that item.

Please keep in mind that this is a fundraising event. Items are usually purchased for prices exceeding the item’s retail value. Please be generous. All the proceeds go directly to the general fund and support critical AAVSO operations. 

Special Notice #423: RX And observations needed urgently now

October 11, 2016: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 549, observations of the dwarf nova RX And are urgently requested immediately. The system *may* be going into outburst, and confirmation is essential in order to know whether to trigger ToO observations with Chandra and other instrumentation.

Alert Notice 556: Monitoring of V2487 Oph requested

October 4, 2016: Dr. Ashley Pagnotta (Louisiana State University) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the recurrent nova V2487 Oph in order to catch and observe its next outburst.

Alert Notice 555: Correction to Alert Notice 554 on V420 Aur (HD 34921)

October 4, 2016: In AAVSO Alert Notice 554 the star was inadvertently referred to as V420 Oph in the sections creating charts and reporting observations.

Charts with a comparison star sequence for V420 Aur may be created using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (VSP).

Please submit observations to the AAVSO International Database using the name V420 AUR.

Coordinates for V420 Aur (2000.0): R.A. 05 22 35.23  Dec. +37 40 33.6

Alert Notice 554: Observations of V420 Aur (HD 34921) needed to support spectroscopy

Note added October 4, 2016: In the original version of this Alert Notice, V420 Aur was referred to as V420 Oph in the sections on creating charts and reporting observations. Also, the range was given as V=7.15-7.35  when the correct value is V=7.35-7.51. The text below has been corrected. Apologies to the PI's for the error.

AAVSO Newsletter 70, October 2016 is published

AAVSO Newsletter 70, October 2016 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.


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