News and Announcements
|10 September||Special Notice #254: T Pyx Campaign continues||
September 10, 2011: The outbursting recurrent nova T Pyx is past solar conjunction and is widely observable again. Arto Oksanen in Finland has been following it through July and August and reports it currently at 10th magnitude. Please add T Pyx back to your observing schedule if possible to follow the decline of its outburst.
|10 September||Special Notice #253: Request for Observations of MAXI J1836-194||
September 10, 2011: Dr. Gregory Sivakoff (U. of Alberta) requests observations of the X-ray binary star MAXI J1836-194 as part of the JACPOT collaboration studying stellar radio jets from compact binaries. There is no predetermined duration for this campaign, but observations are requested now to coincide with ongoing X-ray and radio observations.
|09 September||Supernova Chat 13 Sept at 4:00PM ET||
Supernova 2011fe has been gaining a lot of interest, and not just among astronomers, either! News of SN 2011fe made "The News Hour" for instance.
|08 September||Special Notice #252: Upcoming Eclipse of Zeta Aurigae||
September 8, 2011:
|06 September||Supernova 2011fe: La supernova más brillante de los últimos 20 años|
|05 September||Special Notice #251: Possible transient in Scorpius||
September 6, 2011: John Seach (Chatsworth Island, NSW, Australia) reports the detection of a transient object in Scorpius, having a magnitude of 9.8 on 2011 September 6.37 UT (JD 2455810.87). Observations were made with a DSLR and 50mm f/1.2 lens and 5 second exposure, with limiting magnitude 10.5. The object is visible on four separate frames taken after the discovery was made.
|05 September||New Supernovae Photometry Discussion Forum|
|02 September||Supernova 2011fe: The brightest supernova in the last 20 years|
|02 September||AAVSO Receives National Science Foundation Award||
The AAVSO has been awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation. This one is for 3 years and ~$660,000. As with Citizen Sky, it is from their Informal Science Education program. It is titled "Two Eyes, 3D: Studying Stereoscopic Representations in Informal Settings". Aaron Price is the PI with Co-PIs from Tufts University (Dr.
|01 September||Visual Observing Manual - Portuguese Version||
Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of David Duarte and his colleagues at the Centro de Estudos Astronômico de Alagoas (CEAAL), there is now a version of the AAVSO Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars available for download here:
We hope that this manual will be helpful to all of our many Portuguese-speaking observers and that you will feel free to share it with others.
|30 August||New eJAAVSO preprint: "Secular Variation of the Mode Amplitude-Ratio of the Double-Mode RR Lyrae Star NSVS 5222076, Part II, by D. Hurdis and T. Krajci||
"Secular Variation of the Mode Amplitude-Ratio of the Double=Mode RR Lyrae Star NSVS 5222076, Part II, by D. Hurdis and T. Krajci
|25 August||Alert Notice 446: Supernova 2011fe in M101 (NGC 5457) = PSN J14030581+5416254||
August 26, 2011
|24 August||Special Notice #250: Possible Type-Ia Supernova in M101||
P. Nugent et al. report in ATel #3581 that a possible Type-Ia supernova has been discovered by the Palomar Transient Factory shortly after eruption in the galaxy M101 and has been designated "PTF11kly". The object is currently at a magnitude of g=17.2, but may well rise by several magnitudes. The object is well placed within M101 for good photometry, and observations of this potential bright SNIa are strongly encouraged.
The (J2000) coordinates reported for the object are
RA: 14:03:05.81 , Dec: +54:16:25.4
|24 August||NSV 11154: A newly classified R CrB star||
A paper by Nutsinee Kijbunchoo (LSU) and others on the star NSV 11154 has just been accepted for publication in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. This paper "NSV 11154 is a New R Coronae Borealis Star" is now available on arXiv.org, and makes use of observations old and new.
|22 August||Nuevo foro de AAVSO en idioma español||
A partir de hoy, la AAVSO inaugura un espacio de intercambio para la comunidad hispanoparlante
|19 August||Special Notice #249: FTP site for submitting AGN images requested in Alert Notice 443||
August 19, 2011: As announced in AAVSO Alert Notice 443, Dr. Misty Bentz (Georgia State University) requests observations of four active galactic nuclei (AGN) for a study of variability in these sources by the STARE Collaboration. She requests BVRcIc filtered photometry of NGC 6814, NGC 7213, NGC 7469, and NGC 1566 from July 10, 2011, to November 1, 2011. She also requests that observers submit their images for analysis. An FTP site has been created for this purpose.
|19 August||Alert Notice 445 - Request for monitoring of SS Cygni in support of European VLBI radio observations||
August 19, 2011: Following their very successful multiwavelength observing campaign on the dwarf nova SS Cygni in 2010 April (see AAVSO Special Notices #204 and 206 and the related information page), Dr. James Miller-Jones (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia) and colleagues have a follow-up multiwavelength campaign on SS Cyg scheduled.
|17 August||Buy the AAVSO Centennial History book directly from the AAVSO!||
The AAVSO has 100 copies of Advancing Variable Star Astronomy that we are selling at the 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.
|11 August||Special Notice #248: Radio outburst in V1343 Aquilae||
Radio outburst in V1343 Aquilae
|09 August||JAAVSO Call for Papers for Special epsilon Aurigae Issue||
CALL FOR PAPERS
for a special edition of the
Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
dedicated to epsilon Aurigae, similar objects and amateur observing techniques of bright stars.
|09 August||Alert Notice 444: Nova Lupi 2011||
August 9, 2011
|08 August||Special Notice #247: Possible Nova in Lupus||
Possible Nova in Lupus
The coordinates are: 14 54 20 -55 05 03 J2000
|06 August||Special Notice #246: Continued Monitoring of epsilon Aurigae||
August 8, 2011: The bright star epsilon Aurigae has emerged from its most recent eclipse that began in August, 2009. A BVRIJH light curve for the last 365 days of the eclipse can be viewed at the following URL.
|04 August||Eclipses During the 2010 Eruption of the Recurrent Nova U Scorpii||
|28 July||Effects of dust on light-curves of ε Aur type stars (updated)||
The following is an abstract for a paper recently been posted to ArXiv (and accepted for publication in A&A Letters). The paper is based on your AAVSO observations of apsilon Aurigae and acknowledges AAVSO support.