News and Announcements
|11 July||VStar Version 2.15.3 Release||
VStar version 2.15.3 has just been released!
This version of VStar includes a new .jnlp file which means that if you used VStar before and have a file called vstar.jnlp on your computer, you should delete it and get the new one by clicking the "Download VStar Now" file from here:
You should also replace any plugins you have with new versions from here:
|11 July||Announcing the 2013 AAVSO Council Nominees||
Please click on the names of the nominees to view their extended online biographies. All members will receive Council election ballots in the mail before the end of August. Best of luck to all of our nominees!
|08 July||Special Notice #362: OR And and AX For obs critical now||
July 8, 2013: The VY Scl variable OR And continues in its low state, so it has been scheduled for HST/COS observations. Based on your observations, the HST/COS team will be making the final decision tomorrow morning (2013 July 9) whether to observe OR And on:
|03 July||The July AAVSO Newsletter is published||
AAVSO Newsletter 57 - July 2013
|01 July||Visual Observing Manual in Hungarian - 2013 edition||
The Hungarian version of the recently revised Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars - Vizuális Változócsillag-észlelők Kézikönyve - is now available for download here:
|25 June||Charts and Sequences Update June 2013||
Improvements to existing sequences and creation of new sequences for newly discovered and previously known variables continues at a brisk pace. Below is a list of new or revised sequences adopted since April 4, 2013.
If you observe any of these stars, please be sure you are using th most recent version of the comparison star sequence on your charts.
This list is attached below in .csv and .xlsx formats for your convenience.
|24 June||Special Notice #361: CC Scl observations DATE REVISED||
June 24, 2013: The date given in AAVSO Special Notice #360 for the HST/COS observations of the SU UMa-type dwarf nova CC Scl has been REVISED from June 27 to:
|24 June||Special Notice #360: CC Scl observations critical this week||
June 24, 2013: HST/COS is scheduled to observe the SU UMa-type dwarf nova CC Scl:
|20 June||Alert Notice 485: AG Dra monitoring requested for multiwavelength campaign||
June 20, 2013: Dr. Andrea Dupree (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) has requested AAVSO monitoring of the symbiotic variable AG Draconis from now through at least September 2013 for correlation with upcoming Chandra x-ray and HST ultraviolet observations.
|13 June||Citizen Sky Research Paper Published||
A science education research paper, 'Changes in participants' scientific attitudes and epistemological beliefs during an astronomical citizen science project', written by Aaron Price and Hee-Sun Lee has been published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).
|12 June||Solar Bulletin - Volume 69, Number 5||
The May 2013 Solar Bulletin is now available.
|12 June||JAAVSO 41.1 is published||
JAAVSO Volume 41, Number 1, 2013, is published
|12 June||Special Notice #359: OR And monitoring needed for HST/COS campaign||
June 12, 2013: Among the research options in the HST/COS CV campaign underway are observing two VY Scl stars in the low state, the only time the white dwarf is observable. OR And is now in its low state, at 18th V magnitude as of 2013 June 11 UT.
|12 June||Special Notice #358: BD Pav obs critial tonight||
June 12, 2013: Based on your observations, the HST/COS team will be making the final decision tomorrow morning (2013 June 13) whether to observe BD Pav.
|07 June||Special Notice #357: BD Pav next HST COS target followed by QZ Ser||
June 7, 2013: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 471 (http://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notice-471) and AAVSO Special Notice #356 (http://www.aavso.org/aavso-special-notice-356), HST/COS is scheduled to observe the eclipsing dwarf nova BD Pav:
|06 June||SAS Newsletter||
The latest newsletter of the Society for Astronomical Sciences (SAS) with informantion on their most recent meeting - including a mention of our own Mike Simonsen!
|06 June||New eJAAVSO preprint: Very Short-Duration UV–B Optical Flares in RS CVn-type Star Systems||
ej236: "Very Short-Duration UV–B Optical Flares in RS CVn-type Star Systems" by G. A. Vander Haagen
|04 June||Special Notice #356: V1108 Her obs urgent TONIGHT and new date for BD Pav||
June 4, 2013: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 471 (http://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notice-471) and AAVSO Special Notice #355 (http://www.aavso.org/aavso-special-notice-355), HST/COS is scheduled to observe the WZ Sge-type cataclysmic variable V1108 Her:
|04 June||Alert Notice 484: Nova Sco 2013 = PNV J17335943-3606216||
June 4, 2013:
|04 June||Visual Observing Manual in French - 2013 edition||
The French version of the newly revised Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars - Manuel pour l'observation visuelle des étoiles variables - is now available for download here:
|31 May||Special Notice #355: V1108 Her next HST COS target followed by BD Pav||
May 31, 2013: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 471 (http://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notice-471)and AAVSO Special Notice #354 (http://www.aavso.org/aavso-special-notice-354), HST/COS is scheduled to observe the WZ Sge-type cataclysmic variable V1108 Her:
|28 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Recent Minima of 273 Eclipsing Binary Stars||
ej235: "Recent Minima of 273 Eclipsing Binary Stars" by G. Samolyk
|23 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Intermediate Report on January 2013 Campaign: Photometry and Spectroscopy of P Cygni||
ej234: "Intermediate Report on January 2013 Campaign: Photometry and Spectroscopy of P Cygni" by E. Pollmann and W. Vollmann
|23 May||AAVSO observers help solve a mystery about an important variable star||
A group of astronomers led by Dr. James Miller-Jones of Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research have published a revised distance to the famed variable star SS Cygni, solving a major mystery surrounding this star and its behavior. Their work was made possible due to the dedication of dozens of observers worldwide who monitor SS Cygni and report their observations to the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO).
|23 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Period Analysis of AAVSO Visual Observations of Semiregular (SR) Variable Stars. II||
ej233: "Period Analysis of AAVSO Visual Observations of Semiregular (SR) Variable Stars. II" by J. R. Percy and T. Kojar