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99th Fall Meeting of the AAVSO

Hilton Hotel

Woburn, Massachusetts
Oct. 28-30, 2010

New AAVSO Chat Room

We have installed new chat room software. Click the link below to test it out for us. We think it is easier to use than the old software and also works in more web browser clients. You can also create your own private chat rooms for discussion with other members.

http://www.aavso.org/open-discussion

Please send comments and suggestions to aavso@aavso.org. Thanks!

Special Notice #215: Brightening of the symbiotic star CI Cyg

August 24, 2010: Observer Gary Poyner (Birmingham, UK) reports that the symbiotic star CI Cygni has noticeably brightened over the past few days.  Poyner reports the star at a magnitude of m(vis)=9.8 on 2010 August 23.92 (JD 2455432.42). CI Cyg has been in a slow rise for several months, beginning immediately after the end of the last outburst.  Continued monitoring of CI Cyg over the next several weeks and months will be useful for better understanding the nature of this star system and its outbursts.

Charts and Sequences Update

The charts and sequences team has been busy updating old and creating
new sequences for AAVSO variable star charts.

Tom Bretl and Tim Crawford in particular have been very ambitious, and
I would like to extend my own personal "thank you for a job well
done". They have devoted literally hundreds of hours of work to this
effort in the last couple years, resulting in almost 600 chart
revisions.

Special Notice #214: Outburst of V592 Her

August 1, 2010: Maciej Reszelski has reported an outburst of V592 Her at CR=14.14mag. This WZ Sge variable last had a superoutburst on August 26, 1998, when it reached 12th magnitudes. In quiescence, V592 Her is fainter than 20th magnitude.

V592 Her is located at RA 16 30 56.37 DEC +21 16 58.2 (J2000).

New Site: List of AAVSO Users

Over the next few months we will post a number of quick tips pointing out some new features/changes with the new web site. 

The first tip is about seeing who your fellow users are. Clicking on the URL below will give you a list of all registered users on the site:

http://www.aavso.org/allusers

New Web Site Update!

100726 Update: Arne has posted an update to the migration to the AAVSO Discussion Group. We will continue to update the known bug list over the next few days. Please continue to send in comments and bugs. And don't forget to join us in the chat room on Monday.

Alert Notice 422: Observing Campaign on Hubble's First Variable in M31: M31_V1

July 16, 2010: An observing campaign is being carried out on M31_V1, the first variable star discovered in M31 by Edwin Hubble. The Hubble Heritage Team, with Dr. Keith Noll, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), as Principal Investigator, plans to observe M31_V1 with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and needs to know the phase of this Cepheid variable. Although basic parameters are known for this star, no recent photometry exists, so observations are required to generate current phase information.

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