News and Announcements
|07 July||Delta Scorpii: the birth of a Be star||
The Be stars
Be-ness is not only an evolutionary stage in the lives of some rapidly rotating hot B-type stars but also a transient phenomenon that may come and go over the years for the same star. Several reasons have been proposed to explain the behavior of these stars and are still in debate.
|07 July||Charts and Sequences Update July 2011||
|06 July||Variable Star iPhone App Now Free|
|05 July||Arne Henden Receives Leslier C. Peltier Award||
Arne Henden received the Leslier C. Peltier Award from the Astronomical League last weekend at their annual meeting in Utah. Click here for Sky & Telescope's coverage of the meeting.
Arne joins fellow AAVSO staffer Elizabeth Waagen and current member/observer Gerry Samolyk as past winners.
|30 June||Special Notice #244: Continued close monitoring of T Pyx requested||
Continued close monitoring of T Pyx requested
|29 June||Variable Star Astronomy TOC in Belorussian||
Galina Miklosic has recently translated the table of contents for our Variable Star Astronomy curriculum to Belorussian. Thank you, Galina!
|28 June||New eJAAVSO: Light Curve of the Eccentric Eclipsing Binary GSC 3152-1202, by R. K. Buchheim||
A complete light curve of this eccentric (~2.094d) eclipsing binary system has been determined, in B, V, and R bands. The primary and secondary minima are slightly different in depth, and the color index does not change during either primary or secondary eclipse. Newly-determined times of minimum confirm the previously-suspected rapid change in the orbital phase of the secondary minimum, implying significant apsidal motion.
|28 June||Minor VSP upgrades||
Hi, all. Today we rolled out some relatively minor upgrades to VSP. There is nothing groundbreaking here. It's mostly minor tweaks and bug fixes. But I'm outlining them here for your information:
|24 June||New eJAAVSO: The Ross Variable Stars Revisited. I. by W. Osborn, O. F. Mills||
Better magnitudes and epochs have been determined for 189 of the 379 confirmed and suspected variable stars discovered by Ross from 1925 to 1931. Accurate positions have been determined for those objects for which unambiguous identifications had been lacking.
|15 June||New Observing Section Created to study Young Stellar Objects (YSOs)||
|15 June||New Logo Contest Deadline is Close||
As part of the AAVSO's Centennial Celebrations we are holding a contest to design a new logo for the organization. This is just a quick reminder that the deadline for submission to the contest is July 1. As of this posting we have five submissions. Click here for more information on the logo contest and instructions on how to submit a design.
|14 June||The Cepheid Variable M31_V1: Hubble's First Cepheid||
|08 June||20% Discount on New Centennial Book (updated)||
July 21 Update: The books are here! The AAVSO has 100 copies of the book that we are selling at the same Cambridge Press discounted rate of $80. So please order from the AAVSO store and help support the organization. We have the books in stock for immediate shipment.
But wait, there's more! If you add an order for one of our limited edition Centennial T-Shirts, we will take $15 off your total order at checkout.
|08 June||JAAVSO vol. 39, nr. 1, is published||
The Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (JAAVSO), Volume 39, Number 1, 2011, is now available for downloading and for hardcopy purchase.
|07 June||AAVSO Eclipsing Binary Ephemeris for 2011 available||
The 2011 AAVSO Eclipsing Binary Ephemeris, prepared by Gerry Samolyk, is now available online at
|07 June||Special Notice #243: Pre-SN 2011dh images of M51 requested||
Pre-SN 2011dh images of M51 requested
|06 June||Margaret Mayall Assistantship Open for Applications for Summer 2011||
(update: this position has been filled.)
|03 June||AAVSO Special Notice #242||
SN 2011dh = Supernova in M51 = PSN J13303600+4706330
|03 June||Alert Notice 442: Nova Scorpii 2011 = PNV J16551100-3838120||
June 3, 2011
|03 June||AAVSO Special Notice #241||
New Supernova in M51
|03 June||Women in the Geosciences: Past, Present, and Future||
The following announcement is made on behalf of long time AAVSO observer/member Dr. Kristine Larsen:
|01 June||April Solar Bulletin|
|01 June||AAVSO Special Notice #240||
Possible Nova in Scorpius
|01 June||AAVSO Annual Report 2009-2010||
The revised AAVSO Annual Report 2009-2010 (with changes to the Headquarters staffing section) is now online:
|01 June||Minor Planet Pebble||
AAVSO member, observer and science educator Dr. Pebble Richwine has had a minor planet named in her honor - 268242 Pebble. Pebble did her PhD in science education at the University of Arizona where her dissertation was on using variable stars in elementary school science education. She's given talks at many AAVSO meetings and is currently a science educator in Georgia.
Here is the official citation: