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V5589 Sagittarius

2012 is shaping up to be a very busy year for novae.  As of July 30, we're up to five novae in Sagittarius alone!  When it rains it pours.

The first nova in Sagittarius this season, V5589 Sgr, was a very fast nova, fading by three magnitudes in about eight days.  A number of observers answered the call for observations of this object, and we now have a reasonably complete light curve through the end of June into early July.  Late-time observations of novae are often hard to come by, so if you can still reach this object (it is around V=17 according to observations posted to VSNET), Sagittarius is still within reach this season.

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