Alert Notice 210: 1147+49 BC Ursae Majoris in outburst AND Reminders on 0409-71 VW Hydri and 2138+43 SS Cygni AND Current activity on some cataclysmic variables

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AAVSO ALERT NOTICE 210 (July 7,1995)


The dwarf nova-type cataclysmic variable (SU UMa subclass) BC UMa is undergoing an
outburst, as indicated by the following observations:

Ju12.965 UT, < 14.0, G. Poyner, Birmingham, UK; 6.1576, 14.0, D. York, Abiquiu, NM;
6.1694, 13.9, York; 6.1868, 13.8, York; 6.2076, 13.4, York; 6.2292, 13.0, York; 7.10, 12.4, G.
Dyck, Assonet, MA; 7.1542, 13.2, York; 7.1708, 13.2, York; 7.2347, 13.0, T. Burrows,
Novato, CA.

The last recorded outburst of BC UMa in the AAVSO International Database was in April
1994, when it reached magnitude 12.0 and the outburst lasted 9 days. Following this
outburst, several observers reported it brightening to magnitude 14.0 five days after the star
returned to minimum. The reported blue magnitude range of the star m the General
Catalogue of Variable Stars is 10.9 - 18.3 B; in the AAVSO International Database, the
visual range is 10.9 - 17.2.

Accompanying are "d" and "e" scale AAVSO preliminary charts prepared by Charles Scovil.
We have also prepared electronic copies of these charts, which are available from our FTP
site, (, in /pub/alert210.

Please observe BC UMa closely and report your observations to AAVSO Headquarters.
Observers are also strongly encouraged to search for the presence of superhumps during
this outburst by observing it every five minutes, reporting the time to 4 decimals places of
the Julian Date.


0409-71 VW Hyi. Thanks to observers in Chile and South Africa (W. Liller, J. Hers, D.
Overbeek) and in New Zealand, VW Hyi is being closely monitored to catch the next
normal outburst for forthcoming satellite observations. Please continue to keep a close eye
on VW Hyi and report your observations to AAVSO Headquarters, particularly when it
goes into outburst, predicted to occur within the coming two weeks.

2138+43 SS Cyg. SS Cyg has just gone through a short outburst, in which the rise was
rather slow. Unfortunately, IUE observations could not be carried out during this outburst.
Observers are reminded to keep a close eyeon SS Cyg and report your observations, so
that the next time it has an anomalous, slow-rise outburst it can be monitored with IUE.


0959+68 CH UMa. This dwarf nova type cataclysmic variable (U Gem subclass) is
brightening, as indicated by the following observations: Jun 28.946 UT, < 14.0, G. Poyner,
Birmingham, England; 28.957, < 13.7, T. Vanmunster, Landen, Belgium; 29.937, < 14.1,
Vanmunster; 29.981, 14.7, Poyner; 30.942, < 14.0, E. Broens, Mol, Belgium; 30.942, < 13.7,
Vanmunster; Jul 2.962, < 14.3, Poyner; 3.962, 14.7, Poyner; 7.1618 13.4, D. York, Abiquiu,

CH UMa has been having minor brightenings during its quiescence, the most recent of
which was in April. Please monitor CH UMa closely to determine whether this is the start
of an outburst or another active quiescent period. The last recorded outburst of CH UMa
in the AAVSO International Database was in June 1994, when it reached magnitude 11.6.

1454+41 TT Boo. The dwarf-nova cataclysmic variable (SU UMa subclass) TT Boo is in
outburst, as indicated by the following observations: Jul 2.966 UT, < 14.8, G. Poyner,
Birmingham, England; 3.964, 12.9, Poyner; 4.1042, 12.8, J. Bortle, Stormville, NY; 4.1188,
12.8, R. Stewart, Fairlawn, NJ; 4.1597,13.0, J. McKenna, Upper Montclair, NJ; 5.979, 12.7,
L. Jensen, Fanun, Denmark; 7.10,12.8, G. Dyck, Assonet, MA.

The last recorded outburst of TT Boo was in March 1995, when it reached magnitude 12.4.

1640 +25 AH Her. The cataclysmic variable AH Her is undergoing a bright outburst, as
indicated by the following observations: Jun 28.1014 UT, 14.2, J. Bortle, Stormville, NY;
28.1910, < 13.4, B. Dillon, Missouri City, TX; 30.943, 13.9, J. Pietz, Erftstadts, Germany;
Jul 1.2410, < 13.4, Dillon; 2.2292, 12.8, Dillon; 2.926, 11.6, L. Jensen, Farum, Denmark;
3.1139, 11.0, Bortle; 4.1069, 11.1, Bortle; 4.1292, 11.2, B. Stewart, Fairlawn, NJ; 5.86, 11.3,
J. Gunther, St. Oze, France; 5.928, 11.5, Jensen; 6.1507, 11.0, D. York; Abiquiu, NM;
7.1639, 11.1, York; 7.2028,11.3, Dillon.

1904+43 MV Lyr. The nova-like cataclysmic variable MV Lyr continues to be in its faint
state, as indicated by the following observations: Jun 29.1111 UT, 14.8, J. Bortle,
Stormville, NY; 29.94, 14.8, R. Szabo, Hunyadi, Hungary; 29.942, < 14.0, L. Jensen, Farum,
Denmark; 29.967, 15.0, J. Pietz, Erftstadts, Germany; 30.1924, 15.1, Bortle; 30.968, < 14.8,
E. Broens, Mol, Belgium; 30.975, 15.2, Pietz; Ju13.1194, 15.2, Bortle; 5.944, < 14.0, Jensen;
6.1604,15.1, D. York, Abiquiu, NM; 7.1688,14.8, York.

A chart for MV Lyr appears in AAVSO Alert Notice 207.

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Many thanks for your significant astronomical observations.

Good observing!

Janet A. Mattei


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