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Supernova Chat 13 Sept at 4:00PM ET

Supernova 2011fe has been gaining a lot of interest, and not just among astronomers, either! News of SN 2011fe made "The News Hour" for instance.

Do you want to know why supernova explode?  What's the difference between a Type II and a Type Ia, or Ib, or Ic?  How can supernovae help us to understand the age of the universe? How do you get accurate photometry of supernova in the midst of the galactic background? Just what the heck does a "standard candle" mean and what does it have to do with the largest known explosions still happening in the universe?

Special Notice #252: Upcoming Eclipse of Zeta Aurigae

September 8, 2011:

Jeff Hopkins (Hopkins Phoenix Observatory, Phoenix, AZ) communicates regarding the upcoming eclipse of the 4th-magnitude binary system zeta Aurigae. He writes:

Special Notice #251: Possible transient in Scorpius

September 6, 2011: John Seach (Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia) reports the detection of a transient object in Scorpius, having a magnitude of 9.8 on 2011 September 6.37 UT (JD 2455810.87).  Observations were made with a DSLR and 50mm f/1.2 lens and 5 second exposure, with limiting magnitude 10.5.  The object is visible on four separate frames taken after the discovery was made.  No object appears at the location of the transient on an image taken 2011 September 5.36 UT.

Visual Observing Manual - Portuguese Version

Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of David Duarte and his colleagues at the Centro de Estudos Astronômico de Alagoas (CEAAL), there is now a version of the AAVSO Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars available for download here:

We hope that this manual will be helpful to all of our many Portuguese-speaking observers and that you will feel free to share it with others.

Alert Notice 446: Supernova 2011‭fe ‬in M101‭ (‬NGC 5457‭) = ‬PSN J14030581+5416254

August 26‭, ‬2011

Discovered by‭:  ‬The Type Ia supernova science working group of the‭ ‬ Palomar Transient Factory‭:  ‬Peter Nugent‭, ‬Lawrence Berkeley National‭ ‬Laboratory‭ (‬LBL‭), ‬University of California at Berkeley‭; ‬Mark‭ ‬Sullivan‭, ‬Oxford University‭; ‬David Bersier‭, ‬Liverpool John Moores‭ ‬University‭ (‬LJMU‭); ‬D‭. ‬A‭. ‬Howell‭, ‬Las Cumbres Observatory Global‭ ‬Telescope Network Inc‭., ‬University of California at Santa Barbara‭; ‬Rollin Thomas‭, ‬LBL‭; ‬Phil James‭, ‬LJMU


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