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AAVSO Newsletter 71, January 2017, is published

AAVSO Newsletter 71, January 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.

http://www.aavso.org/aavso-newsletter

AAVSO Alert Notice 566: Beta Pic observations requested for BRITE-Constellation

January 31, 2017 : The BRIght Target Explorer-Constellation (BRITE-Constellation) satellite suite is obtaining high-precision photometry of selected very bright (mv < 4) stars. Its purpose is to investigate the "stellar structure and evolution of the brightest stars in the sky and their interaction with the local environment." The AAVSO is part of the BRITE-Constellation Ground Based Observations Team (GBOT), supporting cutting-edge science from the BRITE-Constellation satellites and coordinating with BRITE-Constellation scientist Dr.

Special Notice #428: YZ Cnc Chandra observing window delayed

January 25, 2017: The beginning of the observing window for the Chandra TOO observations of the SU
UMa-type dwarf nova YZ Cnc that are the focus of AAVSO Alert Notice 565 and AAVSO Special Notice #427 has been delayed.

Principal Investigator Dr. Christian Knigge (University of Southampton) informs us that Chandra Mission Planning has informed him that the beginning of the Chandra-observable window for YZ Cnc has been delayed until 2017 February 5.

Special Notice #427: Please continue YZ Cnc coverage for Chandra TOO observations

January 23, 2017: The observing campaign is continuing for the SU UMa-type dwarf nova YZ Cnc. In AAVSO Alert Notice 565, Dr. Christian Knigge (University of Southampton) and colleagues requested AAVSO coverage in support of Chandra X-ray observations to be carried out via a Target of Opportunity (TOO) triggering when the system was in a suitable outburst.

Solar Bulletin - Volume 72, Number 12

The December Solar Bulletin (Vol. 72, No. 12) is now available at https://www.aavso.org/solar-bulletin

The Sudden Ionispheric Disturbance (SID) Report for December is now available here: https://www.aavso.org/sid-database

CCD Photometry Guide now in Polish

A Polish translation of the AAVSO Guide to CCD Photometry is now available!

Many thanks go to Maciej Nowaczyk who organized a team of volunteers to work with him to complete this work:

Roman Korczyk
Łukasz Socha
Dominik Gronkiewicz
Adam Popowicz
Krzysztof Kida

10-Star Tutorial in Arabic

Thanks to volunteer Rani Ahmed, the 10-Star Training Tutorial is now available in Arabic!

We hope that new observers will find this tutorial very useful for learning how to make their first variable star estimates. Since no prior experience is required, the 10-Star Training Tutorials are also ideal for use in schools and clubs.

In addition to the English and Arabic versions, the 10-Star Training Tutorial is available in Polish, Turkish, and Chinese. There is also a Southern Hemisphere version available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Alert Notice 565: YZ Cnc Chandra observing campaign

December 19, 2016: Dr. Christian Knigge (University of Southampton) and colleagues have requested AAVSO coverage of the SU UMa-type dwarf nova YZ Cnc 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.

YZ Cnc has normal outbursts about every 7-10 days, and superoutbursts about every 100-110 days. The astronomers are planning to use a superoutburst to trigger the TOO observations.

Solar Bulletin - Volume 72, Number 11

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

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

2017 JD Calendar is now available

The 2017 Julian Day calendar is now available for your viewing or downloading pleasure.

 

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