April 12, 2007
SUBJECT: OUTBURST OF THE CATACLYSMIC VARIABLE 1514-24 GW LIB
Object: 1514-24 GW LIB
Coordinates: R.A. 15h 19m 55.5s Dec. -25o 00' 25" (2000.0)
Rod Stubbings (Drouin, Victoria, Australia) reports an extremely rare outburst of the cataclysmic variable GW Lib now in progress. The outburst was detected by him visually at magnitude 13.8 at 11:51 UT on April 12, 2007, and has risen by at least two magnitudes in the past six hours. The most recent observations place GW Lib on April 12.6590 UT at magnitude 11.8 (visual, Stubbings) and on April 12.6694 UT at 11.86 (CV, Peter Nelson, Ellinbank, Victoria, Australia). A report by M. Uemura and A. Arai of the KANATA team at the Higashi-Hiroshima Observatory, Japan, indicates the object is still rising.
GW Lib has been classified as either a recurrent nova, or a WZ Sge star, but it is not yet known which of these is correct. Visual observations and V-band time-series photometry of this rare outburst are urgently requested.
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