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Alert Notice 639: CH Cyg coverage requested

Note: CH Cyg recovered in early August from the fading episode described below. However, ongoing coverage is extremely important, with V and particularly B being given priority over Rc and Ic. As always, visual observations are requested and encouraged. - Elizabeth O. Waagen, November 29, 2018

Alert Notice 638: Nova in Scutum - N Sct 2018 = TCP J18292290-1430460

July 2, 2018

Event: Nova in Scutum - N Sct 2018 = TCP J18292290-1430460

Discovered by: Yukio Sakurai (Mito, Japan)

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered CCD magnitude 10.3, on two frames using Nikon D7100 digital camera + 180-mm f/2.8 lens

Discovery date: 2018 June 29.5768 UT

Coordinates (2000.0): R.A. 18 29 22.93   Decl. -14 30 44.2  (from VSX)

LPV of the Month July, 2018

SS Virginis

A Carbon Star

Summary

This month's Long Period Variable (LPV), SS Vir, should be a treat for visual observers. SS Vir is a bright but very dark red Carbon Star.  It’s B-V index is 4.20, making it one of the reddest object around.

JAAVSO volume 46, number 1, June 2018, print version now available

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The Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
Volume 46, Number 1, 2018

The printed version of this issue is now available from Createspace via the link below.

Volume 46, Number 1, 2018

 

Solar Bulletin - Volume 74, Number 05

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

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

JAAVSO Volume 46 Number 2, 2018 is published

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The Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
Volume 46, Number 1, 2018

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Alert Notice 637: Nova in Lupus - N Lup 2018 = PNV J15384000-4744500

June 5, 2018

Event: Nova in Lupus - N Lup 2018 = PNV J15384000-4744500

Discovered by: Rob Kaufman (Bright, Victoria, Australia) at White Cliffs, NSW, Australia (via CBET 4520)

Discovery magnitude: 9.1 unfiltered CCD magnitude, object visible in 5 DSLR frames taken with 55mm lens (via CBET 4520)

Discovery date: 2018 June 03.4306 UT (via CBET 4520)

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.

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