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Web Chat with our New Web Developer

Join us in the AAVSO Chat Room on Wednesday, November 17 from 2-3pm eastern (7-8pm UT) for a special chat with Will McMain, the newest AAVSO staff member. Will was hired in September as our new Web Developer and has been busy updating and adding items to the new web site. Many of you met him at the fall meeting where he ran the AV for the Saturday session and also hung out with us in the evenings. A staff bio is here:

Fall Meeting: Presentation Files

Below are presentation files that are available for download (as ppt or pdf files) from the 99th Annual Meeting of the AAVSO.  Click on the title to view or download the presentation file.

Meetings Survey

Rebecca and I have put together a 8-item survey about AAVSO meetings. The goal of this survey is to give us information about what is important to you when you make decisions about meeting attendance. It includes questions about preferred locations, meeting structure, content of talks, etc. If you have a moment, please give us 5-10 minutes to take the survey. We would like everyone interested to take the survey, whether you have attended a prior meeting or not.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NQZ2QRZ

Special Notice #222: Bright Supernova in UGC 5189A: SN 2010jl

November 5, 2010: We have been informed by Tim Puckett and by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBET 2532, Daniel W. E. Green, Ed.) of the discovery of a bright possible supernova in UGC 5189A by J. Newton and Puckett, Portal, AZ, on November 3.52 UT at unfiltered magnitude 13.5. Confirming images (limiting magnitude 19.1) by Puckett on Nov. 4.50 UT showed the object at magnitude 12.9./p>

Special Notice #221: Infrequent Outburst of the SU UMa Variable HT Cas

November 2, 2010: As reported by Tim Parson (Circle Pines, Minnesota, USA) and confirmed by Pavol Dubovsky (Kolonica, Slovakia), the infrequently-outbursting dwarf nova HT Cas is in outburst.  Parson observed HT Cas in outburst at m(vis)=12.9 on JD 2455502.93 (2010 November 2.43), and the outburst was confirmed by Dubovsky at m(vis)=12.4 on JD 2455503.3 (2010 November 2.8).  The last confirmed well-observed outburst of this star occurred on 2008 January 10.  Observations of this variable are strongly encouraged at this time.  Both visual and CCD observations are en

AAVSO Newsletter 46

The October 2010 issue of the AAVSO Newsletter is now available

Special Notice #219: Eclipse of the symbiotic star CI Cygni

October 12, 2010: As noted by U. Munari et al (ATel #2913, 2010 October 9), the symbiotic star CI Cygni is currently undergoing an eclipse of the outbursting star.  CI Cyg has declined from about magnitude 9.7 in late August 2010 to V=11.1 currently.

AAVSO Abstracts 1951 - 1971

This is part of our ongoing series to highlight new features of the new AAVSO web site.

Matt Templeton scanned all of the abstracts and put them online in PDF format. The abstracts cover items presented at meetings, but often include much more info than a modern day abstract. For example, the last issue includes abstracts that are over 3 pages long, meeting memories, history of the AAVSO articles and even a poem! Here is his description of the abstracts from the first paragraph on the web page:

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