News and Announcements
|10 February||100th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO||
A milestone anniversary and a joint meeting with the AAS!
May 21-26, 2011
|10 February||Database Errors Reported||
Some observers in the chat room are reporting that their observations submitted since November 11, 2010 are not showing up in our online tools. Doc and Matt will investigate this first thing in the morning (eastern) and update this page when they know more information. We apologize for this inconvenience.
|08 February||MyNewsFlash Subscription Form||
A new tool for adding, removing and updating your MyNewsFlash accounts is now online. You can visit it at this URL:
|07 February||AAVSO Special Notice #233||
Bright outburst of the cataclysmic variable SDSS J133941.11+484727.5
|05 February||AAVSO Special Notice #232||
Note: This Special Notice was originally issued as AAVSO Special Notice #231; #232 is the correct number.
|02 February||New Sequence for SN2011B||
There is now a sequence available for SN2011B.
You will need to specify the coordinates (I used 08 55 48.50 +78 13 02.7 from the discovery telegram) to plot a chart, or you can simply download this E scale DSS image chart and print it.
|02 February||AAVSO Special Notice #231||
T Pyx Observations Requested
|31 January||AAVSO Special Notice #230||
Nova Sagittarii 2011 = PNV J17474639-2335112
|28 January||Monday System Maintenance||
This Monday, 31 January 2011, at 12:00ET (17:00UTC) the AAVSO Website will be down for one hour to look into the installation of a Wide Area Network Router which, if successful, will combine the two internet feeds we have here at HQ into one which will allow us to seamlessly increase both our incomming and outgoing data rates.
Any questions or concerns can be sent to Doc Kinne at rkinne @ aavso.org.
|25 January||And Baby Makes...||
Our Assistant Director, Aaron Price, has had a heck of a year!
Early in 2010, he was made Assistant Director of the AAVSO. Later that year we celebrated his defending his Ph.D. But something more unusual, at least for an AAVSO staffer, was on the horizon.
It would seem to an outside observer, perhaps, that AAVSO staffers are more committed to their work than most. While most of us (but not all) are married, the vast majority of us have no children now. With the single exception of Gloria, those that do have children have grown children.
|24 January||AAVSO Special Notice #229||
Outburst of FS Aurigae
|23 January||A volunteer's valuable contribution||
We received some sad news at the AAVSO ten days ago regarding one of the participants in the AAVSO's project to digitize data from the Harvard Annals. Daniel Rupp wrote me to let me know that his son, Andrew Rupp, passed away on January 7, 2011. Along with this news, Mr. Rupp passed along the spreadsheets that Andrew had in progress. All told, Andrew digitized more than 2700 observations for 10 different Mira variables, extending our light curves for these stars backwards in time by nearly eleven years.
|14 January||Trivia Leaderboards Added|
|14 January||AAVSO Special Notice #228||
Supernova 2011K in anonymous galaxy is Type-Ia pre-maximum
|11 January||Alert Notice 430: Photometry requested of Blazar-type Quasars 3C 273 and 3C 279||
January 11, 2011: Dr. Kirill Sokolovsky (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie, Bonn) has requested the assistance of AAVSO observers to obtain optical photometry of the blazar-type quasars 3C 273 and 3C 279 during 2011. The observations obtained by AAVSO observers will be combined with multiwavelength observations - from radio to gamma-rays - as well as with very long baseline interferometry with the VLBA to obtain a better picture of what these objects are and how they vary.
|10 January||ejaavso preprint "Searching for Orbital Periods of Supergiant Faast X-ray Transients" by M. Falanga et al.|
|10 January||Charts and Sequences Update January 2011||
|07 January||Alert Notice 429: Photometry requested for three "Vestoid" Near-Earth Objects||
January 8, 2011: Dr. Michael David Hicks (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) contacted the AAVSO requesting precision photometry of three solar system objects in support of NASA's DAWN mission to Vesta. These objects, called "Vestoids", are near-Earth objects with similar reflectance spectra to Vesta itself, suggesting they may be fragments of that larger body.
|07 January||AAVSO Newsletter 47 now online||
AAVSO Newsletter for January 2011
|05 January||ejaavso preprint "Studies of "Irregularity" in Pulsating Red Giants. III. by J. R. Percy, E. Terziev|
|04 January||Online Chat: Jan. 4 at 4pm||
We will be hosting a Citizen Sky online chat this Tuesday at 4pm eastern (-5UT). Dr. Bob, Brian Kloppenborg, Rebecca, Aaron and other Citizen Sky and AAVSO staff will be on hand. Topics will include updates on epsilon Aurigae, the upcoming AAS meeting, and ideas for research teams. However, it will be a free chat so any AAVSO/Citizen Sky/VSO topic is welcomed.
|03 January||AAVSO Special Notice #227||
Unusual Behavior of FS Aur - Outburst Imminent?
January 3, 2011: The campaign to monitor activity of the peculiar cataclysmic variable FS Aurigae, as announced in AAVSO Alert Notice 428 (see also AAVSO Special Notice #226), continues. Principal Investigator Dr. Vitaly Neustroev reports that the campaign is going well, and that he is very appreciative of your observing efforts and contributions.
|29 December||Southern 10-Star Tutorial||
Over at Citizen Sky we just published a Southern Hemisphere version of our 10-Star Training Tutorial. It is similar to the original tutorial except that it includes stars and charts for the Southern Hemisphere and is not focused on epsilon Aurigae.
|20 December||ejaavso preprint "Anchoring the Universal Distance Scale Via a Wesenheit Template" by Daniel J. Majaess et al.|
|20 December||ejaavso preprint "VX Hydrae: Observation of a Sudden Change in a Pulsating Star" by M. Bonnardeau, S. Dvorak, R. Poklar, G. Samolyk|