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Dr Ian Musgrave  - iTelescope Science Advisor

An avid amateur astronomer, Ian writes the weekly sky updates for ABC Radio Science and is science adviser to iTelescope. When not staring at the sky he is an equally enthusiastic molecular pharmacologist at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

You can follow Ian Musgrave on his Astroblog for daily posts about astronomy, biology and life, the Universe and everything.

"Over at Astroblog I largely guide people to the view of the sky as seen with the unaided eye. But I’m also an iTelescope.Net user, and I’m very honoured to have been invited to highlight some of the interesting objects that can be seen through the iTelescopes.

While many people are familiar with the larger, more glamorous objects in the night sky that make good iTelescope targets, there are a host of lesser known, interesting objects that are well worth chasing such as fast moving Near Earth Objects, Novae and Comets."  Twitter @ianmusgrave

Monday
Sep262016

ALERT! Bright (Magnitude 6.9) Likely Galactic Nova

Location of the bright likely galactic nova in Lupus between the pointers and Antares as seen from SSO at Siding Spring in Australia looking west at 9:30 pm local time.  Visible only from the SSO scopes for around an hour after astronomical twilight, the latest astronomical telegram on 26/09/16 08:30 UT has the probable nova between 6.9 B and 6.3V. (Click to embiggen).

The Astronomical telegrams reported a bright probable nova ASASSN-16kt not far from epsilon Lupi at
RA 15:29:01.82, DEC -44:49:40.89 (J2000.0) at magnitude 9.1. The nova has rapdily brightened and is now almost unaided eye magnitude according to the latest astronomical telegram with its reported magnitude between between 6.9 B and 6.3V.

UPDATE: Nope definitely around magnitude 6 when I did proper estimates. On the other hand a quick and dirty visual estimate I just did suggested the nova was below mag 7, but then it was pretty low to the horizon at the time amongst the murk, but other dim stars were showing up.

Magnitude chart for nova Lupi magnitude estimates showing magnitudes from 5 to 7 (in a stupid format [988] means mag 9.88, [1098] means 10.08 etc.). The large rectangle is the field of view of T12, the small that of T9. Click to embiggen

Thursday
Sep082016

ALERT! Bright (Magnitude 11) Galactic Nova

Location of the galactic Nova between Scorpius and Ophiuchus, between the Butterfly cluster and M62. The large rectangle is the field of view of iTelescope T12 the small that of T9. Click to embiggen.

An apparent nova of magnitude 11.4 has been detected in the direction of the galactic centre has been detected by the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae. Follow up observations are urgently required. J2000 coordinates are:

RA 17:22:51.426 DEC -31:58:36.28

See more at http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=9469

 

Magnitude chart for nova magnitude estimates showing magnitudes from 8 to 12 (in a stupid format [988] means mag 9.88, [1098] means 10.08 etc.). The rectangle is the field of view of T9 (sorry, sky map doesn't go lower than mag 12)

Monday
Sep052016

September Highlights: Comets C/2013 X1, 9P/Temple 1, 237P

New Moon is 1 September,  First Quarter 9 September,  Full Moon 17 September and Last Quarter Moon 23 September.

As in August several comets are visible this month, but only three are visible above the range of travel of iTelescope scopes and above magnitude 13.

Chart of comet C/2013 X1 from 1 September to 1 October as seen from SSO at astronomical twilight in the evening. The rectangle is the field of view of  T9. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)  has dimmed substantially, but is still much brighter than predicted. Currently around magnitude 11, it will dim further during the month.

The comet will be visible from the SSO scopes. It does not rise far enough above the horizon from the northern hemisphere for the northern scopes to see it.

In the SSO scopes it is in reach of the scopes travel from astronomical twilight in the evening for about 2 hours, below is a more detailed rise, set and transit ephemeris from SSO.

The comet is in Hydra, but there are no particularly interesting or close encounters of the comet this month.

Ephemeris of comet C/2013 X1 PANSTARRS

Date Rise Ast Twi E Altitude Transit Set Ast Twi B
01 Sep 2016 08:21:16 19:08:27 -10° 08' 31" 15:40:13 22:59:05 04:59:28
04 Sep 2016 08:10:33 19:10:06 -11° 59' 29" 15:29:03 22:47:28 04:55:54
07 Sep 2016 07:59:52 19:11:46 -13° 45' 06" 15:18:01 22:36:05 04:52:14
10 Sep 2016 07:49:14 19:13:29 -15° 25' 25" 15:07:05 22:24:54 04:48:27
13 Sep 2016 07:38:37 19:15:15 -17° 00' 27" 14:56:16 22:13:54 04:44:35
16 Sep 2016 07:28:02 19:17:04 -18° 30' 14" 14:45:33 22:03:04 04:40:39
19 Sep 2016 07:17:27 19:18:56 -19° 54' 45" 14:34:55 21:52:22 04:36:39
22 Sep 2016 07:06:54 19:20:53 -21° 13' 56" 14:24:21 21:41:48 04:32:35
25 Sep 2016 06:56:21 19:22:55 -22° 27' 42" 14:13:50 21:31:21 04:28:29
28 Sep 2016 06:45:48 19:25:01 -23° 35' 59" 14:03:24 21:21:00 04:24:21

 

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet C/2013 X1

CK13X010  2016 04 20.7207  1.314278  1.001016  164.4536  130.9566  163.2314  20160731  10.5  2.0      C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

The path of Comet 9P and 237P in Libra and Scorpio. The large rectangle is the field of view of T12. Click to embiggen.

Comet 9P/Tempel 1 and comet 237P are in a good position for observation in Libra and the Scorpio.  They are visible from the southern scopes during the early evening with around a 2 hour window before the comets are too low for the scopes travel.

However, 9P comet is is substantially dimmer than ephemeris predictions of 11, the most recent estimate is 12.6 with the comet dimming it may be rather disappointing this year.

On the 5th-7th comet 9P is within 55' of the globular cluster NGC 5897 (magnitude 8.4), on the 27-29th it is close to the bright globular M4, brushing its outskirts on the 28th. Although by this time the comet will be quite dim and difficult to resolve against the bright globular cluster.

Ephemeris of comet 9P Tempel

Date Rise Ast Twi E Altitude Transit Set Ast Twi B
01 Sep 2016 09:28:51 19:08:27 -08° 16' 09" 16:23:49 23:19:15 04:59:28
04 Sep 2016 09:23:11 19:10:06 -08° 19' 41" 16:20:38 23:18:33 04:55:54
07 Sep 2016 09:17:42 19:11:46 -08° 22' 25" 16:17:35 23:17:55 04:52:14
10 Sep 2016 09:12:24 19:13:29 -08° 24' 33" 16:14:37 23:17:18 04:48:27
13 Sep 2016 09:07:16 19:15:15 -08° 26' 17" 16:11:47 23:16:43 04:44:35
16 Sep 2016 09:02:19 19:17:04 -08° 27' 50" 16:09:01 23:16:09 04:40:39
19 Sep 2016 08:57:33 19:18:56 -08° 29' 23" 16:06:22 23:15:34 04:36:39
22 Sep 2016 08:52:58 19:20:53 -08° 31' 08" 16:03:47 23:14:58 04:32:35
25 Sep 2016 08:48:33 19:22:55 -08° 33' 14" 16:01:16 23:14:21 04:28:29
28 Sep 2016 08:44:19 19:25:01 -08° 35' 52" 15:58:49 23:13:40 04:24:21

 

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet 9P/Temple 1

0009P         2016 08 02.5832  1.542540  0.509587  179.2062   68.7495   10.4740  20160731   5.5 10.0     9P/Tempel

Comet 237P/Linear is currently much brighter than predicted (around magnitude 12.4 rather than 17.7), although it is ot likely to et much brighter than this. On the 19th it is around 13' from the 12th magnitude galaxy NGC 5897.

MPEC one line ephemeris for 237P/Linear

0237P         2016 10 11.6618  1.984854  0.434462   25.0356  245.4337   14.0229  20160731  14.5  2.0   237P/LINEAR

43P Wolf Harrington (magnitude 12) is low in the morning skies as seen from the northern scopes. It does not get within scope travel until astronomical twilight around the 11th though. On the 16th the comet will be 44' from the open cluster M67 (mag 6.9). At this time the comet is only 22 degrees above the eastern horizon at astronomical twilight in the morning, making this a difficult target.

MPEC one line ephemeris for 43P Wolf Harrington

0043P         2016 08 19.6960  1.357948  0.594536  191.5982  249.8333   15.9653  20160731   8.0  6.0    43P/Wolf-Harrington

Monday
Aug292016

ALERT! Comet 174P in Outburst

Location of comet/asteroid 174P/Echeclus as seen from Mayhill Newmexico around 3:00 am local time. The large rectangle is the FOV of T14/20, the small that of T05. Click to embiggen.

174P/Echeclus has been reported to be in a rare outburst. Originally described as a Centaur object, it has since shown cometary features, with outbursts in 2006 (when it shed a fragment) and 2011.

The comet has jumped from magnitude 17.9 to 15.2. Faint to be sure, but reachable with several of the iTelescopes.

Observations are required to follow the progress of this outburst.

The comet is in Pisces, near Uranus. The comet is visible in iTelescopes in both the northern and southern hemispheres (although north is best) from around 11 pm local time, transiting around 3 am and still accessible until astronomical twilight.

MPEC one line ephemeris:

0174P         2015 04 21.6414  5.816250  0.455408  162.8557  173.3356    4.3447  20160731   9.4  2.0   174P/Echeclus

Ephemeris of comet 174P Echeclus from Mayhill (altitude at local midnight)

Date Rise Ast Twi E Altitude Transit Set Ast Twi B
28 Aug 2016 20:37:29 19:57:11 +40° 37' 27" 03:01:53 09:22:15 04:08:08
29 Aug 2016 20:33:28 19:55:42 +41° 24' 25" 02:57:49 09:18:07 04:09:01
30 Aug 2016 20:29:27 19:54:13 +42° 11' 10" 02:53:44 09:13:58 04:09:53
31 Aug 2016 20:25:25 19:52:44 +42° 57' 39" 02:49:38 09:09:48 04:10:45
01 Sep 2016 20:21:23 19:51:15 +43° 43' 53" 02:45:32 09:05:37 04:11:36
02 Sep 2016 20:17:21 19:49:46 +44° 29' 49" 02:41:26 09:01:26 04:12:27
03 Sep 2016 20:13:18 19:48:16 +45° 15' 25" 02:37:19 08:57:15 04:13:18
04 Sep 2016 20:09:15 19:46:47 +46° 00' 41" 02:33:11 08:53:02 04:14:08
05 Sep 2016 20:05:11 19:45:17 +46° 45' 35" 02:29:03 08:48:49 04:14:58
06 Sep 2016 20:01:07 19:43:47 +47° 30' 04" 02:24:55 08:44:36 04:15:47