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View your VPHOT data with VStar!

A new version of VStar has just been released, and along with it, a plugin that will allow you to upload data to plot in the AAVSO Extended File Format. Which means... you can now view your data as output by VPHOT.

To download VStar or read more about it, please visit this page: http://www.aavso.org/vstar-overview

AAVSO Bulletin 74 for 2011

Predicted Dates of Maxima and Minima of 381 Long Period Variables for 2011

Alert Notice 431: Request to monitor SDSS074545 for HST Observations

February 25, 2011: Dr. Paula Szkody (University of Washington) has requested our help in monitoring the cataclysmic variable SDSS074545 (SDSS J074531.91+453829.5) for upcoming Hubble Space Telescope observations. The HST observations are scheduled to be made during the week of 2011 March 7-14. Dr. Szkody also observed this object with HST in October-November 2007 (see AAVSO Alert Notice 359).

20 Million Observations

On Feburary 19, 2011 the number of observations in the AAVSO International Database surpassed the 20 million mark. It is fitting that this milestone was achieved during our 100th anniversary. Below is some information about the achievement.

VSP Improvements

Special Notice #235: Request for archival data: V1647 Ori and McNeil's Nebula

February 15, 2011: Dr. Colin Aspin (U. Hawaii) has requested archival images and other observations of the FU Orionis variable V1647 Ori and the surrounding field over the previous 10 years in support of a study of this star.  Aspin writes that he is hoping to obtain more data with which to create a multi-year light curve of this star to put present-day observations in context of its past behavior.

Special Notice #234: Outburst of FS Aurigae

February 14, 2011: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 428 (2010 Nov 30), the dwarf nova FS Aurigae appears to be in outburst.  The current outburst was detected simultaneously by P. Lake (Wonga Park, Victoria, Australia) at m(vis)=14.5 on 2011 Feb 14.0969 (JD 2455606.5969), and confirmed shortly after by G. Lubcke (Middleton, WI, USA) at around V=14.4 in time-series observations made simultaneously to the observation of Lake.  Follow-up photometry of this star is encouraged.

100th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO

A milestone anniversary and a joint meeting with the AAS!

May 21-26, 2011
Boston, MA

 

An archive for this meeting will be available on the AAS web site shortly.

Database Errors Reported

Some observers in the chat room are reporting that their observations submitted since November 11, 2010 are not showing up in our online tools. Doc and Matt will investigate this first thing in the morning (eastern) and update this page when they know more information. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Update 2011Feb10 0620 ET (by Doc)

Well, its been a far longer day and  night than I thought it would be, and I'm sorry for that.

That being said the AID Database and webobs is back up and running.

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