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AAVSO Newsletter 46

The October 2010 issue of the AAVSO Newsletter is now available

Special Notice #219: Eclipse of the symbiotic star CI Cygni

October 12, 2010: As noted by U. Munari et al (ATel #2913, 2010 October 9), the symbiotic star CI Cygni is currently undergoing an eclipse of the outbursting star.  CI Cyg has declined from about magnitude 9.7 in late August 2010 to V=11.1 currently.

AAVSO Abstracts 1951 - 1971

This is part of our ongoing series to highlight new features of the new AAVSO web site.

Matt Templeton scanned all of the abstracts and put them online in PDF format. The abstracts cover items presented at meetings, but often include much more info than a modern day abstract. For example, the last issue includes abstracts that are over 3 pages long, meeting memories, history of the AAVSO articles and even a poem! Here is his description of the abstracts from the first paragraph on the web page:

AAVSO 2011 Calendar Survey

The AAVSO is making another calendar! The calendar for 2011, our Centennial year, and will include lots of AAVSO historical notes - important dates, pictures of how variable star observing has evolved in the last 100 years, notes about the legacy of our Directors. We're still planning the last details, but we expect the cost to be between $10 and $15 each (including shipping). We're planning on having the calendars finished and ready to ship out during November.  This is one memento from the AAVSO that you don't want to miss!

Alert Notice 426: Rescheduled request for observations of V455 AND in support of HST observations

October 5, 2010: As originally announced in AAVSO Alert Notice 423, Dr. Paula Szkody (U. Washington) has requested the help of AAVSO observers in monitoring the WZ Sge-type cataclysmic variable V455 And in support of Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet spectroscopic observations.

Alert Notice 425: Monitoring of HBC 722 and VSX J205126.1+440523 Requested

October 1, 2010: Dr. Colin Aspin (U. Hawai'i) has requested the help of AAVSO observers in performing long-term photometric monitoring of the two new young stellar objects (YSOs) in Cygnus, HBC 722 and VSX J205126.1+440523 (see AAVSO Special Notice #216).  

RR Lyrae


RR Lyrae, 1 degree field, DSS I survey plate
(copyright 1993-1995 CalTech/STScI)

Mystery in the Sky Documentary

Sept. 24 Update: The goal has been met! Click here for Guustaaf's update. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

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