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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

Sunday
Nov092014

ALERT! Comet C/2014 R1 Borisov near M61 and its Supernova

Path of comet C/2014 R1 Borisov and M61 as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The small rectangle is the field of view of T9, the large the field of view of T14. Click to embiggen.

On 2014 Nov 10 at 22:53 UT comet C/2014 R1 Borisov will be 0° 53' 48"from M61, currenty sporting a nice supernova. This is best seen from the Northern iTelescopes, but still difficult as M61 is just 26 degrees above the horizon at Astronomical twilight in the morning.

The best mornings are on the 10th and 11th, when from Mayhill the comet is 59' from M61. Hat tip to Dídac Mesa Romeu  for the heads up.

 

Thursday
Nov062014

November Highlights: C/2012 K1, C/2014 Q2, C/2014 Q3, Nova in M61

Full Moon 7 November, Last Quarter 15 November, New Moon is 22 November and First Quarter at 29 November.

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is now below the range of the iTelescopes, you can see a gallery of the comet's encounter with Mars taken by iTelescope users here.

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS from SSO during November. The large rectangle is the field of view of T12, the medium rectangle that of T31 and the small rectangle that of T9. Click to embiggen and print.

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS is now high enough in  the southern evening skies to image. It's showing a great double tail once more as the ion tail has returned. Currently magnitude 7.5, it is dimming after perihelion, but will remain bright for some time.

The comet passes through Dorado, Horolgium, Eriadanus and Phoneix, coming close to a number of nice galaxies and a globular cluster early in the month.

On November 8 the comet is close to the galaxy NGC 1617 (magnitude 10.5)

On November 8-9 the comet is 59' from the magnitude 9.4 galaxy NGC1566. On the 9th there is a great galaxy fest with  the comet is one degree from NGC 1533 a mag 10.7 galaxy, 9' from magnitude 9 NGC 1553 and 5' from NGC 1546 (magnitude 11). Unfortunately the nearly full Moons light will substantially interfere.

On the 14th it passes 1 degree from the magnitude 8.3 gobular cluster NGC 1261.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK12K010  2014 08 27.6548  1.054594  1.000207  203.1047  317.7379  142.4283  20141209   5.6  3.2      C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS as seen at 21:00 AEDST from SSO (the current transit time of the comet). The Comet is currently near the Zenith, close to Fomalhaut. The large square is the field of view of T31, and the small square the field of view of T9. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS is a long period comet that may be come as bright as magnitude 3 on July 6 2015.

The comet has abruptly brightened by around 1.3 magnitudes in CCD images (around magnitude 11.5 at last measurement). Observations are requested to follow the evolution of this outburst. Observations requested by Jakub Cerny

Please pass any observations on to comets-ml, comet-obs or the Comet Observation Database.

The only notable encounter is on the 25th when the comet is 1 degree 30' from the cats eye nebula.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14Q010  2015 07 06.5224  0.314547  0.999722  120.0536    8.7596   43.1096  20141209   8.0  4.0      C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as seen at 4:00 AEDST from SSO. The Comet is currently near the Puppis Vela border, and will pass into Puppis for the rest of the month. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy may be come as bright as magnitude 7 in late December early January.

Currently arouund magnitude 11, it is traversing the Puppis Vela border and is best seen in the early morning, just before stronomical twilight.

It has no interesting encounters this month, but is in a rich stellar background, so images will be quite interesting.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14Q020  2015 01 30.0788  1.290481  0.997767   12.3915   94.9802   80.3024  20141209   8.5  4.0      C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Path of C/2014 Q3 Borisov as seen from Mayhill New Mexico at Astronomical twilight. The large rectangle is the field of view of T14, the smaller T5. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 Q3 Borisov is a comet that was thought to get no brighter than magnitude 13. Currently visual observers have been reporting it to be magnitude 10-12, with a visible coma. Ciurrently it is magnitude 11.2.

There has been a call for observations of 2014 Q3 Borisov. If people would like to keep a watch on the evolution of this comet, and pass the results on to comets-ml, comet-obs or the Comet Observation Database.

The comet is only visible from the northen iTelescopes, it is between Ursa Minor and Ursa Major, and is high enough for the iTelescopes from late evening to early morning for most of the month.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14Q030  2014 11 19.0721  1.647384  0.941962   47.3835   63.1290   89.9488  20141209  12.5  4.0      C/2014 Q3 (Borisov)

C/2014 R1 Borisov is also brighter than expected at magnitude 12. It is visible in Virgo, just before astronomical twilight in the northern iTelescopes. However, it rapidly sinks below the eastern limits of many of the northern iTelescopes as it heads for the sun.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14R010  2014 11 19.2328  1.345592  0.993245   55.6404  104.0578    9.9332  20141209  12.0  4.0      C/2014 R1 (Borisov)

C/2012 X1 LINEAR is around magnitude 13, and fading slowly. Visible in the evening to early morning sky for the SSO scopes, it moves through Grus with no particularly  interesting encounters. Between 18 to 30 November it is within T12 distance of the magnitude 11 galaxy IC 5201, with a number of fainter galaxies in between, but the cometts low brightness will mean it will be difficult to see in this wide filed view

CK12X010  2014 02 21.6239  1.598693  0.989755  132.0988  113.1459   44.3660  20141209   8.0  4.0      C/2012 X1 (LINEAR)

C/2014 E2 (Jacques) continues to put on a nice  display while continuing to fade. The comet is now around magnitude 13.5. There is still a nice well developed coma.

The comet is still visible from the northern and SSO scopes as it passes through Aquila, although still best from the northern scopes, where it can be imaged during the early evening. By the ennd of the month the comet is reaching the iTelescopes western limits. There are no interesting encounters this month.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14E020  2014 07 02.5184  0.663957  0.999145  344.0479   56.3952  156.3925  20141209  11.0  4.0      C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

Comet C/2013 V5 (Oukaimeden) is now too  low for the SSO scopes at astronomical twilight.

The potential supernova in M61 has been confirmed as a type Ia supernova with the designation Supernova 2014dt. Located at R.A. = 12h21m57s.57, Dec. = +04°28'18".5 At astronomical twilight in the morning it is just 9 degrees above the horiozn, making it a dificut target.

On 19 November 15 Eumonia is 0.8 degrees from the M8, the Lagoon Nebula.

Monday
Nov032014

ALERT! Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS Brightens, Observations Requested

Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS as seen at 21:00 AEDST from SSO (the current transit time of the comet). The Comet is currently near the Zenith, close to Fomalhaut. The large square is the field of view of T31, and the small square the field of view of T9. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS is a long period comet that may be come as bright as magnitude 3 on July 6 2015. However, poor viewing geometry means that only the Southern hemisphere see the brightest parts of the comets journey, and then only when it has dimmed substantially from its peak.  However, it will still be at least a bright binocular comet, and should be good in iTelescopes from early August 2015 if its evolution follows the predicted path.

However, the comet has abruptly brightened by around 1.3 magnitudes in CCD images (around magnitude 11.5 at last measurement). Observations are requested to follow the evolution of this outburst. Observations requested by Jakub Cerny

Please pass any observations on to comets-ml, comet-obs or the Comet Observation Database.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14Q010  2015 07 06.5224  0.314547  0.999722  120.0536    8.7596   43.1096  20141209   8.0  4.0      C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS)

Thursday
Oct302014

ALERT! Possible Supernovae in M61, NGC 4080; possible Nova in Aries

Three bright objects 2 possible supernova and one possible nova have just ebb reported.

First is a magnitude 13.6 potential supernova in M61, PSN J12215757+0428185:
Possible Supernova (13.6 mag) in M61

R.A. 12h21m57.57s Decl. +04°28'18.5" (J2000.0) 2014 Oct. 29.8376 UT, 13.6 mag (CCD, unfiltered)

Discovered by Koichi Itagaki, Yamagata, Japan. Discovery image is at http://www.k-itagaki.jp/images/4303.jpg

The next is MASTER OT J120451.50+265946.6 – possible supernova (13.9 mag) in NGC 4080 (ATel #6634): http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=6634

Both these supernova are only visible from the northern scopes, and  very low to the horizon (16 degress at astronomical twilight just before sunrise). So very difficult targets for the iTelescopes.

The possible nova in Aries is much more achivable. and is high for a good chunk of thenigh from both northern and southern scopes.

PNV J03093063+2638031: possible "nova" (11.0 mag) in Aries discovered by Seiji Ueda (Hokkaido, Japan)

R.A. 03h09m29.86s Decl. +26°38'04.49" (J2000.0)
2014 Oct. 29.630 UT, 11.2; 29.815, 11.0 (CCD, unfiltered). Image at at
http://meineko.sakura.ne.jp/ccd/PNV_J03093063+2638031.jpg

Hat tip to Patrick Schmeer at Variable Star Astronomy.