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AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 155 (February 20, 1992)
NOVA CYGNI 1992 [V1974 CYG]
Peter Collins, Boulder, CO, reports his visual discovery of a nova in Cygnus on 1992 February 19.07 UT at magnitude 6.8:. On Feb. 19.52 Peter estimated the nova to be magnitude 6.0:, on Feb 20.07 magnitude 5.5:, and on Feb 20.51 magnitude 5.0:. The precise position (2000) of the nova was reported by B. Skiff, Lowell Observatory (IAU Circular 5454), and was precessed for epoch 1950:
R.A. = 20h 29m 07s Decl. = +52o 27' 45"
The following observers have visually confirmed the nova:
Feb. 20.19 UT, 5.3 (D. Moore, Dublin, Ireland (via Guy Hurst))
20.42, 5.0 J. Bortle, Stormville, NY
20.43, 5.0 (C. Scovil, Stamford, CT)
20.44, 5.3 (P. Sventek, Houston, TX)
20.53 (D. Levy, Tucson, AZ)
20.753, 4.3 (P. Schmeer, Bischmisheim, Germany)
The accompanying finder chart from the AAVSO Variable Star Atlas shows the position of the nova. Please use this chart to observe the nova and report your observations to AAVSO Headquarters so we may inform the astronomical community.
Congratulations to Peter on his latest discovery!
NOVA SAGITTARII 1992 [V4157 SGR]
The Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU Circular 5453) reports that M. Della Valle and O. Hainaut, European Southern Observatory (ESO), and L. Wisotski, Hamburg Observatory, confirm spectroscopically the object discovered by William Liller (see AAVSO Alert Notice 154) to be a nova. Photometric observations of the nova from ESO are as follow:
Feb. 15.4 UT, 8.5V (C. Nitschelm, Geneva Observatory)
15.4, 8.66V (G. Cutispoto, Catagna Observatory)
16.5, 9.93V (Cutispoto)
17.4, 9.12V (Cutispoto)
R. H. McNaught, Anglo-Australian Observatory, reports the following precise position (1950) measured from an Uppsala Southern Schmidt Telescope film:
R.A. = 18 06 28.84 Decl. = -25 52 33.3
He also reports that the star nearest to this position on the ESO B Survey is of magnitude 18-19, with no obvious color, and located at R.A. = 18h 06m 28.68s Decl. = -25o 52' 32.1" (1950). McNaught further reports a magnitude estimate from P. Camilleri, Cobram, Victoria, Australia, on February 15.724 UT at 9.4.
Please use the accompanying finder chart in making estimates of this nova and report your observations to AAVSO Headquarters.
SUPERNOVA 1992G IN NGC 3294
The Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (IAU Circular 5452) reports the discovery of Supernova 1992G in NGC 3294 by S. Sasaki, Ibaraki, Japan, at photovisual magnitude 14 on February 9.60 UT. Y. and R. Kushida, Yatsugatake South Base Observatory, Japan, provide the following precise position (1950) from a photograph taken February 14.54:
R.A. 10 33 26.19 Dec. +37 34 47.4
The offsets from the galaxy nucleus are 27" east and 10.5" south. Further magnitude estimates are: Feb. 7, <13-13.5 visual, R. Kushida; Feb 13.75, ~14 photovisual, S. Sasaki; Feb 14.54, ~13.5 visual, Y. and R. Kushida.
Congratulations to S. Sasaki on his discovery!
PREDICTED ECLIPSE OF THE VERY LONG PERIOD ECLIPSING BINARY 2205+55 EE CEPHEI
Edward Halbach, Estes Park, CO, has alerted us to the upcoming eclipse of the interesting eclipsing binary 2205+55 EE Cep. This star, with a period of 2049 days (5.6 years), has been in the AAVSO program and has had limited coverage. Ed has been monitoring EE Cep for several years, and he informs us that the midpoint of the next eclipse is predicted to occur on March 9, 1992. The AAVSO data indicate that the duration of the eclipse in 1986 was about 60 days.
Accompanying is an AAVSO preliminary chart for EE Cep. Marvin Baldwin, Chairman of the AAVSO Eclipsing Binary Committee, recommends that observers use the 10.3, 10.9, and 11.9 comparison stars on this chart in monitoring the eclipse, which is well located for northern observers. Please send your observations to AAVSO Headquarters so they may be added to the AAVSO data files on this very interesting star.
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