News and Announcements
|31 May||Special Notice #285: Outburst of old nova X Ser||
31 May 2012: As announced by Robert Modic (Richmond Heights, OH) 2012 May 30 in the aavso-photometry discussion group (http://www.aavso.org/pipermail/aavso-photometry/) and subsequently reported in vsnet-alert 14629, the old slow nova X Ser (Nova Ser 1903) is in outburst. This outburst is likely a dwarf nova-like outburst, similar to the one seen in 2009, which was the first reported since the nova outburst in 1903.
|31 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Type 2 Cepheids in the Milky Way Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds||
(ej192): "Type 2 Cepheids in the Milky Way Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds" by D. L. Welch
|29 May||Solar Bulletin - Volume 68, Number 4||
The April 2012 Solar Bulletin is now available.
|26 May||Special Notice #284 - NOVA OPHIUCHI 2012 No. 2 = PNV J17395600-2447420||
26 May 2012: IAU CBET 3124 (Daniel W. E. Green, ed.) announces the discovery by John Seach (Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia) of a nova in Ophiuchus on 2012 May 19.484 UT at magnitude 10.5 (digital SLR camera + 50-mm f/1.0 lens). Seach reports nothing is visible at this position on the Digitized Sky Survey. The object was designated PNV J17395600-2447420 when it was posted on the Central Bureau's TOCP webpage (http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/unconf/tocp.html).
|25 May||Two new eJAAVSO preprints: on RR Lyr stars and on Digital Archiving||
(ej191): "Digital Archiving: Where the Past Lives Again" by K. B. Paxson
(ej190): "RR Lyrae Stars: Cosmic Lighthouses With a Twist" by K. Kolenberg
|24 May||2012 Spring Director's Report Now Online!||
The 2012 Spring Director's Report presented during the AAVSO Meeting held in Big Bear, CA, was recorded and is now online to download and view.
Please click here to download the video. When unzipped it is an .wmv file which, with appropriate software, will be viewable on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems.
|24 May||Two new eJAAVSO preprints: on symbiotic stars and on RS Gru||
(ej189): "Symbiotic Stars" by U. Munari
(ej188): "The Pulsational Behavior of the High Amplitude d Scuti Star RS Gruis" by J. R. García
|23 May||Special Notice #283: Supernova 2012cg IN NGC 4424 = PSN J12271283+0925132||
May 23, 2012: IAU Central Bureau Electronic Telegram 3111 (Daniel W. E. Green, ed.) announces the LOSS discovery (reported by M. Kandrashoff, S. B. Cenko, W. Li, and A. V. Filippenko) of a supernova in NGC 4424 on 2012 May 17.22 at unfiltered magnitude 16.9.
|22 May||Spring 2012 Director's Report to be broadcast online!||
Join us on Wednesday, May 23rd at approximately 7:15pm Pacific/10:15pm Eastern/2:15 UT for Arne Henden's Director's Report. On the heels of the very successful "Astro-April" series of webinar broadcasts for the Citizen Sky celebration and as part of the Spring 2012 Meeting being held jointly with SAS in Big Bear, California we are using GoToWebinar to broadcast Arne's talk.
|21 May||Special Notice #282: Apparent fading of V854 Cen||
May 21, 2012: The R CrB star V854 Cen appears to be fading from maximum, according to recent observations reported to the AAVSO:
|21 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Observations of Cataclysmic, RR Lyr, and High Amplitude d Scuti (HADS) Variable Stars||
(ej187): "Intensive Observations of Cataclysmic, RR Lyr, and High Amplitude d Scuti (HADS) Variable Stars" by F. Hambsch
|15 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Adverse Health Effects of Nighttime Lighting||
(ej186): "Adverse Health Effects of Nighttime Lighting" by M. Motta
|15 May||Special Notice #281: Revised timetable for AE Aqr MAGIC observations||
15 May 2012: Dr. Christopher Mauche, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has informed us that the timetable of MAGIC telescope observations of the intermediate polar cataclysmic variable AE Aqr announced in AAVSO Alert Notice 458 has been revised. Here is the revised timetable for the dates in May and early June:
|14 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: on RASNZ-VSS and Variable Stars South||
(ej185): "The RASNZ Variable Star Section and Variable Stars South" by A. Jones and S. Walker
|11 May||Two new eJAAVSO preprints: on Clint Ford; on BAA-VSS history||
(ej183): "An Appreciation of Clinton B. Ford and the AAVSO of Fifty Years Ago" by T. Hull
(ej184): "British Astronomical Association Variable Star Section, 1890–2011" by J. Toone
|11 May||Alert Notice 458: Multiwavelength observing campaign on AE Aqr||
NOTE: Table of MAGIC observations revised 14 and 15 May 2012 per Dr. Christopher Mauche.
|10 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: On the usefulness of Type Ia Supernovae||
(ej182): "The Usefulness of Type Ia Supernovae for Cosmology—A Personal Review" by K. Krisciunas
|10 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: on Frank Elmore Ross||
(ej181): "Frank Elmore Ross and His Variable Star Discoveries" by W. Osborn
|10 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Progress Report for Adapting APASS Data Releases for the Calibration of Harvard Plates||
(ej180): "Progress Report for Adapting APASS Data Releases for the Calibration of Harvard Plates" by E. Los
|09 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: The Visual Era of the AAVSO EB Program||
(ej179): "The Visual Era of the AAVSO Eclipsing Binary Program" by D. B. Williams, M. E. Baldwin, G. Samolyk
|09 May||Special Notice #280: HST UV spectroscopy observations of S Dor scheduled||
May 9, 2012: We have been informed by Dr. Noel Richardson, Georgia State University, that the UV spectroscopy observations of S Dor to be made with the Hubble Space Telescope have been scheduled for
|08 May||Special Notice #279: Request for monitoring of SS Cygni in support of European VLBI radio observations|
|04 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: The “Werkgroep Veranderlijke Sterren” of Belgium||
(ej178): "The “Werkgroep Veranderlijke Sterren” of Belgium" by P. Wils, E. Broens, H. Hautecler, F. Van Loo
|04 May||New eJAAVSO preprint: Interferometry and the Cepheid Distance Scale||
(ej177): "Interferometry and the Cepheid Distance Scale" by T. G. Barnes, III
|04 May||GET API access to Variable Star Database||
The Variable Star Database (VSD) is the collection of comparison stars plotted with our Variable Star Plotter (VSP). We have created an API for the public to query the VSD and get back photometry on those comparison stars. This is basically the same data shown in the "photometry table" option of VSP, except it is in a delimited format easily parsed by automated software. In other words, you can use this format for your own scripts/software/etc.