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1962 Nova Discovered in Sagittarius

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Harriet Dinerstein

Maria Mitchell Observatory, Nantucket, Massachusetts




While searching for new variable stars with the Rodman blink microscope, I discovered a probable nova at approximately R.A. 18H 24M 36S, Dec. -24 04.8 (1900). The plates were taken on June 2, 1962 (JD 37,818) and September 21, 1962 (JD 37, 929) by Dr. Dorrit Hoffleit, Director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory. I noticed a bright object on the earlier plate which was not at all visible on the later one, marked it down as a suspected variable, and then confirmed it by observing it on other plates.


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