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24 October Four new eJAAVSO preprints

ej216: "BVRI Photometry of SN 2011fe in M101" by M. W. Richmond and H. A. Smith

ej217: "The Pulsation Period of the Hot Hydrogen-Deficient Star MV Sgr" by J. R. Percy and R. Fu

ej218: "Period Changes in RRc Stars" by J. R. Percy and P. J. Tan

ej219: "The Citation of Manuscripts Which Have Appeared in JAAVSO" by A. U. Landolt

24 October Special Notice #301: Retraction of Special Notice #300

October 23, 2012:  Multiple observers have checked the Hyades and found no evidence of the transient mentioned in by I. Shelton in ATel #4513.  There is no object visible in the field according to observations by Patrick Schmeer, Emmanuel Conseil, and Ulisse Munari.  Doug Welch notes that the object appears non-stellar on the image that was posted to Shelton's website, and suggests it may be the product of a cosmic ray hit.

23 October Two new eJAAVSO preprints

ej214: "VSX J071108.7+695227: a Newly Discovered Short-period Eclipsing Binary" by M. Damasso, et al.

ej215: "A Practical Approach to Transforming Magnitudes onto a Standard Photometric System" by D. Boyd

19 October Alert Notice 472: Monitoring of HD 5980 requested for multiwavelength campaign

October 19, 2012:  Dr. Noel Richardson (Universite de Montreal, formerly at Georgia State University) has requested monitoring of the Small Magellanic Cloud eclipsing binary HD 5980 (in Tucana) as part of a multiwavelength campaign he is coordinating to study this unusual system. Dr. Richardson writes:

17 October Solar Bulletin - Volume 68, Number 9

The September 2012 Solar Bulletin is now available!

11 October The AAVSO Newsletter - October 2012 - is published

AAVSO Newsletter 54 - October 2012

11 October Annual Meeting Reminder: Hotel Deadline extended!

Don't forget to register for the AAVSO Annual Meeting!

  • Update: The hotel reservation deadline has been extended to Friday, October 19th!
  • Abstract forms are still being accepted for our Saturday general paper session and poster session as well as our Friday special topic paper sessions. Slots are currently available in all sessions.

For more information please visit the Annual Meeting Description Page.  We hope to see you in November!

11 October New eJAAVSO: on the variability of V538 Cas by G. Holmberg

ej213: A Note on the Variability of V538 Cassiopeiae by G. Holmberg

10 October Special Notice #299: Observations needed TODAY of SDSS J164248.52+134751.4

October 10, 2012: Dr. Boris Gaensicke (leader of the consortium observing CVs with the HST COS instrument; see AAVSO Alert Notice 471 and AAVSO Special Notice #297 for details and instructions) writes with an urgent message:
"STScI would like an update on SDSS J164248.52+134751.4 by ~16UT TODAY (2012 October 10), when the star is not easily visible for most of our observers. Any observations from Europe early this evening will be most welcome."

06 October Special Notice #298: Second set of HST COS CV targets announced

October 6, 2012:  Following on AAVSO Alert Notice 471 (Gaensicke, Patterson, and Henden,, the second set of targets the HST COS (Cosmic Origins Spectrograph) will be observing has been announced.

06 October Special Notice #297: HST COS observations of SDSS J164248.52+134751.4 scheduled

October 5, 2012:  Following on AAVSO Alert Notice 471 (Gaensicke, Patterson, and Henden,, the HST COS (Cosmic Origins Spectrograph) far ultraviolet observations of the cataclysmic variable SDSS J164248.52+134751.4 have been scheduled for 2012 October 12 from 01:03:27 to 06:21:43 UT.

05 October Annual Report for 2010-2011 is published

The AAVSO Annual Report for FY 2010-2011 is now available online.

28 September Charts and Sequences Updates September 2012

The latest release of APASS has allowed us to create new sequences and improve older sequences for hundreds of stars.

If you would like to request a new comparison star sequence for a star that currently does not have one please see the instructions for doing so located here.

If you find an error or have issues with an existing sequence, please submit those to CHET.

20 September Alert Notice 471: Cataclysmic variables to be monitored for HST observations

September 20, 2012: Drs.

20 September Special Notice #296: Outburst of the BL Lac object 4C 11.69 == CTA 102

October 6, 2012:  The BL Lac object 4C 11.69 (== CTA 102) was discovered in bright outburst by V. Larionov, D. Blinov, and S. Jorstad (St.

20 September Alert Notice 470: Symbiotic variable V4018 Sgr in outburst

September 20, 2012:  The symbiotic variable V4018 Sgr is undergoing an outburst, according to observations reported to the AAVSO and confirmed by spectroscopy by Ulisse Munari et al. Prompted by an observation and comment from John Bortle (Stormville, NY) (16 June 2012, visual magnitude 12.2) about a possible outburst, Steven O'Connor (St. George's, Bermuda) obtained an observation (10 August 2012, 11.44V) that confirmed V4018 Sgr was bright.

18 September Special Notice #295: Bright outburst of the BL Lac object PKS 0716+71

September 18, 2012:  AAVSO observer Klaus Wenzel (Grossostheim, Germany) noted that the BL Lacertae object PKS 0716+71 (== S5 0716+714) is currently brighter than it has been in several years, being at magnitude 12.7 (visual) on 2012 September 13.1354 (JD 2456183.6354).  This AGN is highly variable on short timescales, but recent observations of this object indicate that it remains bright.

17 September Two new eJAAVSO preprints

ej212: "GEOS RR Lyrae Survey: Blazhko Period Measurement of Three RRab Stars—CX Lyrae, NU Aurigae, and VY Coronae Borealis" by P. de Ponthière et al.


epsilon Aurigae preprint: "V-band Light Curve Analysis of epsilon Aurigae During the 2009–2011 Eclipse" by T. Karlsson

14 September Solar Bulletin - Volume 68, Number 8

The August 2012 Solar Bulletin is now available!

14 September New eJAAVSO: Is MP Geminorum an Eclipsing Binary With a Very Long Period?

ej211: "Is MP Geminorum an Eclipsing Binary With a Very Long Period?" by D. Böheme

13 September New eJAAVSO: GSC 4552-1643: A W UMa System With Complete Eclipses

ej210: "GSC 4552-1643: A W UMa System With Complete Eclipses" by D. Terrell, J. Gross

11 September Announcing the 2012 AAVSO Council Nominees

Please click on the names of the nominees to view their biographies.  All members will receive Council election ballots in the mail in early September.  Best of luck to all of our nominees!

11 September Special Notice #294: CH Cyg observing campaign continued through 2012

September 11, 2012:  As announced in AAVSO Alert Notice 454 ( and updated in AAVSO Special Notices #267 and #268 ( and -268), Dr. Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) is carrying out a multiwavelength campaign on the symbiotic variable CH Cyg this year. The satellite observations have taken place, and Dr.

10 September Special Notice #293: S Dor campaign continued through 2012-2013 season

September 10, 2012:  Dr. Noel Richardson (Georgia State University) has requested that the observing campaign on the luminous blue variable prototype S Dor (AAVSO Alert Notice 453, AAVSO Special Notice #280) be continued through the 2012-2013 observing season.

25 August Alert Notice 469: Observations of TT Ari requested in support of MOST observations

August 25, 2012: Dr. Nikolaus Vogt (Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile) has requested photometry and spectroscopy of the novalike (VY Scl subtype) cataclysmic variable TT Ari in support of upcoming observations with the Canadian Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars (MOST) satellite.

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