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LPV of the Month June, 2018

Alert Notice 635: Monitoring of SDSS J141118.31+481257.6 requested

May 25, 2018: Dr. Thomas Kupfer (University of California, Santa Barbara) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the rare AMCVn binary SDSS J141118.31+481257.6 during its current WZ Sge-like outburst, the first outburst detected for this system.

The outburst was detected by Tadashi Kojima (Gunma-ken, Japan) on 2018 May 19.514 UT with a magnitude 12.6 V  +/- 0.2. At minimum brightness 19.7 CV, SDSS J141118.31+481257.6 brightened by over 6 magnitudes, reaching a peak brightness of 12.5-12.6 V.

Solar Bulletin - Volume 74, Number 04

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

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

Alert Notice 634: Nightly monitoring requested for V1280 Sco = N Sco 2007

May 11, 2018 : Dr. Frederick Walter (Stony Brook University) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring V1280 Sco (Nova Sco 2007).

After it appeared as a nova in February 2007 (AAVSO Alert Notice 346), V1280 Sco reached visual magnitude ~3.8 (several observers), then faded to about 13.2, brightened to about 12.7, and underwent a dust dip in June 2007 to <15.6 V (P. Nelson). It recovered to about 10.3 by about a year later.

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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.

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