Congratulations to AAVSO observers Alexandre Amorim (AAX), Eddy Muyllaert (MUY), and Keith Geary (GKI) for catching the current outburst of RS Oph all independently and within an hour of each other!
To read more, see Alert Notice #752: https://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notice-752
There are threads for this object under the following forums:
- Time Sensitive Alerts: https://www.aavso.org/outburst-rs-ophiuchi
- Novae: https://www.aavso.org/rs-ophiuchi
- Cataclysmic Variables: https://www.aavso.org/outburst-rs-ophiuchi
- Spectroscopy: https://www.aavso.org/rs-oph-outburst-2021
Please subscribe to these threads if you are observing this nova so you can be updated as to its behavior and any observing campaigns on it. Join in the discussion or ask questions there!
Even better, get out and observe it!
Where should we be observing with high res equipment? H-alpha, H-beta, Na etc. I am already doing a project in Ha so everything is currently set there. Is there enough of an Ha signal in this type M star to see much?
There are some examples of what was seen spectroscopically by amateurs during the 2006 outburst by Christian Buil here at both high and low resolution
and mine at very low with just a Star Analyser
There are already spectra appearing on the ARAS forum for example a hi res H alpha by Eric Bryssinck which looks very similar to the early one by CB in 2006.
I expect the coverage will be much more extensive than it was 15 years ago
The most remarkable phenomenon for me in 2006 was the highly ionised emission lines produced as the shock crashed into the surrounding circumsystem material. Very different from a classical nova spectrum.