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23 April Annual Report for 2013-2014 is now online

Annual Report of the AAVSO for 2013-2014

http://www.aavso.org/annual-report

16 April Special Notice #403: GW Lib HST schedule set

April 16, 2015: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 513, Dr. Paula Szkody (University of Washington) informs us that the HST observations for the cataclysmic variable GW Lib have been scheduled for

2015 April 22 04:04:36 - 09:00:06 UT.

16 April Solar Bulletin - Volume 71, Number 3

The March Solar Bulletin is now available. Please visit the Solar Bulletin web page to download your copy:

http://www.aavso.org/solar-bulletin

The March SID Data report is available here: www.aavso.org/sid-database

15 April Alert Notice 518: Observations of 2MASS J06593158-0405277 needed

April 15, 2015: Dr. Fabienne A. Bastien (Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University) has requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring the rare FU Ori object 2MASS J06593158-0405277 as part of a campaign to observe this T Tauri star from the optical to the infrared in the coming weeks.  

13 April Special Notice #402: RW Aur more intense monitoring needed now

April 13, 2015: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 514, the Chandra observations of the classical T Tauri star RW Aur (component A) have been scheduled and will take place

2015 April 16 6:30 - 17:37 UT

03 April Special Notice #401: AM Her NuSTAR observations April 5

April 3, 2015: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 517 (www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notice-517), Dr. Axel Schwope (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, Germany) informs us that the NuSTAR X-ray observations of AM Her will take place on

2015 April 5  15:35 UTC - April 6 19:15 UTC

These NuSTAR observations overlap with the XMM-Newton observations scheduled for April 6.

02 April Alert Notice 517: Monitoring of AM Her urgently requested in support of XMM-Newton and NuSTAR observations

April 2, 2015: Dr. Axel Schwope (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, Germany) has requested AAVSO observers' assistance in monitoring the magnetic variable AM Her in support of upcoming XMM-Newton plus NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) observations.

The XMM-Newton observations are scheduled for 2015 April 06 02:37:02-15:07:02 UT. The NuSTAR observations have not been made final yet but are expected to run longer. A Special Notice will be issued when the NuSTAR schedule is known.

02 April Alert Notice 516: Nova Oph 2015 = PNV J17291350-1846120

April 2, 2015


Event: Nova Oph 2015 = PNV J17291350-1846120

Discovered by: Yukio Sakurai, Ibaraki-ken, Japan

Discovery magnitude: 12.2 unfiltered, using 180-mm f/2.8 lens

Discovery date: 2015 March 29.766 UT

Coordinates:  R.A. 17 29 13.58   Dec. -18 46 11.7  (2000.0)

31 March Alert Notice 515: SN 2015F in NGC 2442 (PSN J07361576-6930230)

March 31, 2015

Event: Supernova in NGC 2442: SN 2015F = PSN J07361576-6930230

Discovered by: Libert A. G. Monard, Calitzdorp, Western Cape, South Africa

Discovery magnitude: 16.8 unfiltered CCD using a 35-cm RCX400 telescope (+SBIG ST8-XME camera)

Discovery date: 2015 March 9.789 UT

27 March Charts and Sequences Update March 2015

The following objects have new or revised sequences. If you observe any of these objects you should update your charts as soon as possible. You can download the entire list in .xlsx or .csv format below. Our sincere thanks to Tom Bretl and the charts and sequences team for their continued hard work.

 

24 March Alert Notice 514: RW Aur monitoring requested

March 24, 2015: Dr. Hans Moritz Guenther (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has requested AAVSO observers' assistance with the classical T Tauri star RW Aur (component A). He writes:
 
"RW Aur A is a classical T Tauri surrounded by an accretion disk. It's a visual binary; the B component is fainter and shows no sign of a disk. The separation is 1.4 arcsec, but the B component is so much fainter (V = 13.6) that it's not a problem if the binary is not resolved.

18 March Alert Notice 513: Request for observations of GW Lib in support of HST observations

March 18, 2015: Dr. Paula Szkody, University of Washington, has requested our help in monitoring the cataclysmic variable GW Lib for upcoming Hubble Space Telescope observations, scheduled to be made during the window 2015 April 22-25 UT. Dr. Szkody also observed this object with HST in March 2011 and March 2010 (see AAVSO Alert Notices 433 and 417, respectively).

16 March Alert Notice 512: Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2 = PNV J18365700-2855420

March 16, 2015

Event: Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2 = PNV J18365700-2855420

Discovered by: John Seach, Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia

Discovery magnitude: 6.0 using DSLR and 50mm f/1.0 lens

Discovery date: 2015 March 15.634 UT

Coordinates:  R.A. 18 36 56.84   Dec. -28 55 39.8  (2000.0)

13 March Special Notice #400: BF Cyg observations requested

March 13, 2015: Dr. George Wallerstein (University of Washington) informed us that the symbiotic variable BF Cygni has brightened considerably over the past few weeks, and he is currently obtaining spectroscopy of it.  

13 March Alert Notice 511: Monitoring requested for developing planetary systems dust production study

March 13, 2015: Dr. George Rieke (University of Arizona) and colleagues have requested AAVSO assistance in monitoring four stars with developing planetary systems. The targets are RZ Psc, HD 15407A, V488 Per, and HD 23514. This campaign is similar to the one conducted in 2013 (see AAVSO Alert Notice 482).

13 March 104th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO

The 2015 Spring Meeting of the AAVSO was held June 4-6 at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.   As many of you may know, 2015 is the International Year of Light.

13 March Solar Bulletin - Volume 71, Number 2

The February Solar Bulletin is now available. Please visit the Solar Bulletin web page to download your copy:

http://www.aavso.org/solar-bulletin

The February SID Data report is available here: www.aavso.org/sid-database

Thank you Rodney and Kim for putting these publications together!

12 March Special Notice #399: GK Per in outburst

March 12, 2015: The old nova GK Per (N Per 1901), which has dwarf nova outbursts, is going into outburst, according to observations submitted to the AAVSO International Database:

10 March New JAAVSO preprint: New Variable Stars Discovered by the APACHE Survey. II.

eJAAVSO

New Variable Stars Discovered by the APACHE Survey. II. Results After the Second Observing Season

Mario Damasso

INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Torino, Via Osservatorio 20, I-10025 Pino Torinese, Italy; Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, fraz. Lignan 39, 11020 Nus (Aosta), Italy

05 March Alert Notice 510: Observations of the symbiotic nova ASAS J174600-2321.3

March 5, 2015: The AAVSO is requesting observations of the symbiotic nova candidate ASAS J174600-2321.3 during the predicted upcoming eclipse of this system. Observers are asked to begin observing immediately (2015 March 5), and continue observations through the end of July 2015.  Both visual and instrumental observations are encouraged; the object was at V=12.28 on 2015 February 6.764 (OCN; S.

03 March AAVSO Communications

AAVSO Communications was launched in March 2015. The purpose of this monthly email is to highlight new initiatives and ongoing projects in a concise way which we hope you will find informative. Sometimes there is just so much going on that it is hard to keep track of it all. We hope that AAVSO Communications will make it easier for you to see what is happening and follow the links to read more about what interests you.

26 February AAVSO Bulletin 78 for 2015 published

AAVSO Bulletin 78 - Predicted Dates of Maxima and Minima of 380 Long Period Variables for 2015 has been published. 

The Bulletin is an essential aid in planning your LPV observing program! Generate a custom version of the Bulletin tailored to your observing needs, or download the Bulletin in PDF or CSV format. Find a list of legacy LPVs in need of observation here as well.

26 February Landolt Standards and 21st Century Photometry

Arlo Landolt should be familiar to most of the AAVSO community, not only as a friend and former councillor of the AAVSO, but as one of the leading figures of astronomical photometry and photometric calibrations.  Arlo Landolt's work on standard stars has set the standard -- very literally -- for astronomical photometry for nearly half a century.

18 February Alert Notice 509: Nova Sagittarii 2015 = PNV J18142514-2554343

February 18, 2015

Event: Nova Sagittarii 2015 = PNV J18142514-2554343

Discovered independently by:
- Hideo Nishimura (Shizuoka-ken, Japan)
- Koichi Nishiyama (Kurume, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Miyaki, Japan)

Discovery magnitude:
- Nishimura: DSLR magnitude 11.2, using 200-mm f/3.2 lens + digital camera
- Nishiyama and Kabashima: unfiltered CCD magnitude 10.9, using a 105-mm f/4 camera lens (+SBIG STL6303E camera)

17 February Alert Notice 508: Nova Scorpii 2015 == PNV J17032620-3504140

February 17, 2015

Event: Nova Scorpii 2015 = PNV J17032620-3504140

Discovered by: Tadashi Kojima, Gunma-ken, Japan

Discovery magnitude: unfiltered DSLR magnitude 8.1, using a 150-mm f/2.8 lens and digital camera

Discovery date: 2015 February 11.837 UT

Coordinates: RA: 17 03 26.18 , Decl: -35 04 17.6

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