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Observing the Peculiar Nova V838 Mon


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Arne A. Henden

Universities Space Research Association, U.S. Naval Observatory, P.O. Box 1149, Flagstaff, AZ 86002-1149


Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the AAVSO, October 26, 2002; revised February 13, 2003


Abstract  The peculiar nova V838 Mon has been monitored since its initial outburst in January 2002. The light curve shows several separate outbursts-a month-long hump in January, followed by a rapid 4-magnitude rise in February, two minor brightenings in March and April, and a final decline in May. This paper will discuss the current state of the nova itself, the remarkable light-echo around it, and offer some suggestions as to how amateurs can continue to monitor the object over the coming seasons.

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