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LPV of the Month May, 2018

T Ursae Minoris (T UMi)

Revisited

Summary

T Ursae Minoris (T UMi) is an LPV that has shown a dramatic increase in its period and decrease in its brightness over the last 39 years, so much so that it is no longer considered a Mira type of LPV but is now classified as a Semi-regular (SR) LPV.    

Alert Notice 633: Nova outburst of V392 Per = TCP J04432130+4721280

April 30, 2018:

Event: Nova in Perseus - V392 Per = TCP J04432130+4721280

Discovered by: Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan; via CBET 4515)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 6.2 (using a 135mm f4.0 lens; via CBET 4515)

Discovery date: 2018 April 29.474 UT (via CBET 4515)

Alert Notice 632: Fast photometry of symbiotic candidates requested

April 25, 2018: Dr. Jeno Sokoloski (Columbia University) and Mx. Adrian Lucy (graduate student, Columbia University) have requested AAVSO observations in support of a search underway by Mx. Lucy for symbiotic stars.

Alert Notice 631: Coverage requested for current outburst of AG Dra

April 24, 2018: Drs. Jaroslav Merc and Rudolf Gális (both of the Pavel Jozef Šafárik University (Slovakia)), on behalf of their scientific team, have requested AAVSO assistance in observing the symbiotic variable AG Dra as a follow-up to spectroscopic observations and in order to monitor the system in its current outburst, which began in early April.

Solar Bulletin - Volume 74, 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 630: Coverage needed TONIGHT for ASASSN-18ey = MAXI J1820+070

April 11, 2018: Dr. Gregory Sivakoff (University of Alberta), on behalf of a large number of collaborators, has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the outbursting black hole X-ray binary ASASSN-18ey = MAXI J1820+070 in support of a multiwavelength "blitz" campaign taking place tonight and into tomorrow.

Alert Notice 629: Nova in Sagittarius - N Sgr 2018 = PNV J18040967-1803581

April 11, 2018

Event: Nova in Sagittarius - N Sgr 2018 = PNV J18040967-1803581

Discovered independently by:
- Tadashi Kojima (Tsumagoi, Gunma-ken, Japan; reported to CBAT by S. Nakano)
- Hideo Nishimura (Kakegawa, Shizuoka-ken, Japan; reported to CBAT by S. Nakano)
- Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan; reported to CBAT by M. Soma)

AAVSO Newsletter 76 online

AAVSO Newsletter Number 76 (April 2018) has been published and is online. AAVSO members may download a high- or low-resolution version from here. This issue will be available to non-members when the next issue (Number 77, July 2018) is published.

LPV of the Month April, 2018

S Cassiopieae

S Cas is an interesting Mira star that has been observed by AAVSO observers and members since 1865.  Over 21,000 observations are in the AID from over 700 different observers as can be seen in the light curve shown below which displays all observations in the AID. It is one of the Legacy LPV Program stars.  It is a star with good observational coverage, being visible almost year round with minimal seasonal gaps. 

Alert Notice 628: HST observations scheduled for SDSS J153817.35+512338.0

March 29, 2018: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 618, Anna Pala (Ph.D. candidate, University of Warwick) informs us that the date and time of the HST observations planned for the faint polar cataclysmic variable SDSS J153817.35+512338.0 have been set for

2018 April 6 17:33:26 - 21:33:19 UT

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