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AAVSO HQ Job Position: Administrative Assistant

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is looking
for an administrative assistant with immediate availability. The ideal
candidate will work well in a team environment, but demonstrate
initiative and perseverance. The AAVSO is a small non-profit in the
Fresh Pond area of Cambridge, serving a membership of amateur
astronomers across the world who wish to contribute scientific
observations of stars that vary in brightness. We are celebrating our

Mira Variables with Period Changes

Mira variables are the longest-observed class of stars for which we have long-term quantitative data that allow us to study their behavior over centuries-long periods of time.  Fortunately for us, they're also easy to observe and monitor, having some of the largest amplitudes of all variables, and hundreds of them are bright enough that they're within reach of astronomers with modest telescopes.

AAVSO Joins Virtual Observatory VOEvents Stream

Its an old story that astronomy is being drowned in data and its only getting worse. We have needed a "central clearing house" of sorts and the Virtual Observatory aims to be one solution in this vein.

Astronomers have also experimented with various methods of alerting interested people as to events as they happen and when they need to be followed up on. This is the concept behind VOEvents.

Alert Notice 439: Correction to AAVSO Alert Notice 438 on SN 2011by

April 28, 2011:  In AAVSO Alert Notice 438 on Supernova 2011by in NGC 3972 (issued 2011 April 28), the position was attributed to the wrong object. Here is the corrected text:

Position: R.A. = 11:55:45.56  Decl. = +55:19:33.8 (equinox 2000.0)
SN 2011by is about 5.3" east and 19.1" north of the center of NGC 3972.

Sincere apologies for the error.

This Alert Notice was issued by Elizabeth O. Waagen.

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SUBMIT OBSERVATIONS TO THE AAVSO

AAVSO Alert Notice 438

SUPERNOVA 2011by in NGC 3972 = PSN J11554556+5519338

April 28, 2011

Discovered by:  Zhangwei Jin, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, and Xing Gao, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China

Discovery Date:  Apr. 26.8234 UT

Discovery Magnitude:  approximately 14.2 using a Celestron C14 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (+ unfiltered CCD camera) at Mt. Nanshan

Visual Observing Manual updates

The Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars has been updated to reflect changes to the VSP and WebObs that happened when the new website was launched last summer. This mostly affects Chapters 2 and 7. To download these and other chapters, or the entire Manual, please click on the link below:

http://www.aavso.org/visual-observing-manual

You will also find versions of the Manual translated into seven other languages on this page.

AAVSO Alert Notice 437

Campaign to monitor the recurrent nova T Pyx throughout 2011 eruption

April 15, 2011:  Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 436, a fast photometry observing campaign has been initiated by Dr. Bradley Schaefer (Louisiana State University) to monitor the recurrent nova T Pyxidis throughout its current eruption.

Alerta de AAVSO 436

Erupción de la nova recurrente T Pyxidis
14 de abril de 2011

La nova recurrente T Pyxidis ha sido descubierta en erupción. Fue detectada por M. Linnolt (Hawaii, Estados Unidos) con magnitud visual 13.0 en abril 14.2931, 2011 (JD 2455665.7931), y confirmada por A. Plummer (m(vis)=12.2, JD 2455665.8847) y S. Kerr (m(vis)=11.3, JD 2455665.9410).  Esta es la primer erupción de T Pyx desde el 7 de diciembre de 1966, hace casi 45 años. Se solicitan urgentemente observaciones de esta rara variable eruptiva, comenzando inmediatamente.

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