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Sky Alerts

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

Wednesday
May112016

ALERT! Possible Nova (12.0 mag) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

Location of the possible nova in the Large Magellanic cloud as seen from SSO. The small rectangle is the FOV of T9, the large that of T12. The nova is in a very crowded field. Click to embiggen.

(reposting Patrick Schmeer's notice on the iTeleacope FB site)

MASTER OT J051032.58-692130.4:
Possible Nova (12.0 mag) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

"MASTER: very bright OT in Large Magellanic Cloud direction
MASTER OT J051032.58-692130.4 discovery - 12m OT in LMC"
ATel #9039: http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=9039

R.A. 05h10m32.58s Decl. -69°21'30.4" (J2000.0)

A possible progenitor (21 mag) is listed in "The Initial Gaia Source List (IGSL)" (Smart, 2013) and the "Magellanic Clouds Photometric Survey: the LMC" (Zaritsky+, 2004):
- IGSL3 (05 10 32.580 -69 21 30.60)
BJ= 21.288, RF= 20.810, G= 20.931 mag
- MCPS (05 10 32.56 -69 21 30.9)
B= 21.490, V= 20.828, I= 20.547 mag

This possible nova is located 2' from SAO 249214 (V= 8.7 mag) and 9' from Nova LMC 2005.

Spectroscopy is urgently required.

Monday
May092016

May Highlights: Comets C/2013 X1, 252P, C/2014 S2

New Moon is 7 May,  First Quarter 14 May,  Full Moon 22 May and Last Quarter Moon 29 May.

Chart suitable for telescope use showing the track of C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) as seen from SSO. The large rectangle is the field of view of T12, the small that of T9. Deep sky objects down to magnitude 13 are shown. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is now high enough to be visible. It is only visible from the SSO scopes, and is at a suitable height from around 4 am to astronomical twilight.

It is currentlty arround magnitude 7, and is showing a nice double tail reminiscent of C/2013 US10 Catalina.

The comet is in Aquarius, and passes some faint galaxies and some bright stars. Between the 13-19th it is within T12 range of the 12th magnitude galaxy NGC 7760. From the 16th to the 21st both NGC 760 and 11 th magnitude NGC 760 are in the T12 FOV together. With some careful mosaicing you can get Neptune in the picture as well.  On the 27th, the comet is 13' from 13th magnitude NGC 7443.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet C/2013 X1

 CK13X010  2016 04 20.7277  1.314250  1.001028  164.4604  130.9555  163.2316  20160113  10.5  2.0      C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS)

The path of Comet 252P as it crosses Ophiuchus into Hercules. The large rectangle is the field of view of T20, the small that of T5. Click to embiggen.

Comet 252P has faded somewhat, and is now moving more sedately, but is still a nice object. Currently around magnitude 8, it may fade very rapidly. The comet is currently in Ophiuchus and moves into Hercules, but sadly does not go past anything interesting.

The comet is best visible after 11 pm from SSO, and around 9:30 pm from the northern hemisphere scopes.

 

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet  P252/ LINEAR

0252P         2016 03 15.2785  0.996073  0.673675  343.2912  190.9811   10.4047  20160113  17.5  4.0   252P/LINEAR

Chart showing comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS in Ursa Major as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The large rectangle is the field of view of T14/20, the small that of T5. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS has also been brighter than expected.

Only visible to the northern scopes at the moment, it is passing through Ursa Major and is currently magnitude 10 and fading rather than magnitude 16.

Unfortunately it too does not pass near any other interesting objects during May.

 

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS

CK14S020  2015 12 09.8040  2.100665  0.987635   87.8095    8.1224   64.6704  20160113  10.0  4.0      C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)

Comet 9P/Temple 1 is in a good position for observation in Leo, and is visible from both northern and southern scopes from early to late evening. However, at magnitude 13.7 is is substantiall dimmer than ephemeris predictions of 11.5, it may brighten further during the month though.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet 9P/Temple 1

0009P         2016 08 02.5264  1.540915  0.510096  179.2024   68.8122   10.4774  20150627   5.5 10.0     9P/Tempel

Comet 81P Wild is currently magnitude 11.5 and is in Gemini, within range of the northern scopes for around half an hour after astronomical twilight in the evening, before it gets too low for observations. On May 18 the comet is 14' from the magnitude 8 open cluster NGC 2420. At this time there is only a 15 minute window from astronomical twilight until the comet is too low.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet 81P Wild

0081P         2016 07 20.3099  1.592167  0.538388   41.6974  136.1260    3.2390  20160731   7.0  6.0    81P/Wild

Comet C/2013 US10 is too low for observation from any iTelescope site


Sunday
May082016

ALERT! Comet C/2015 WZ PanSTARRS Brighter than Expected

Comet C/2015 WZ PanSTARRS as seen from Mayhill New Mexico 30 minuttes before Astronomical Twilight n the morning. The large rectangle is the field of view of T14/T20, the small that of T05.

Comet C/2015 WZ has been reported to be anomalously bright. It's predicted magnitude is 17.7, but recent observations have consistently reported the magnitude brighter at between 13.5-11.5 (there is a big thread on comets-ml about its magnitude and comet magnitude measurement generally).

Suggestions range from an outburst to a meteor impact. Observations are required to follow this anomalous brightening. The comet is just north of beta Pegasii at the moment, moving towards Lacerta.

It is high enoughabove the horizon in the moring to image from 30 minutes before astronomincal twilight to astronomical twilight.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet C/2015 WZ PanSTARRS

CK15W00Z  2016 04 15.7997  1.376629  0.992923   66.7111   40.0453  134.1342  20160113   9.0  4.0      C/2015 WZ (PANSTARRS)

Saturday
Apr162016

ALERT! Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS close to M108 (16-20 April)

Chart showing comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS close to M108 and the Owl Nebula on 18 April 22:00 (19 April UTC) as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The large rectangle is the filed of view of T14/20, the small that of T5. Click to embiggen.

While at lot of attention has been focused on the unexpectedly bright comet 252P, and the spectacle of comet 67P going through the Leo Triplet, comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS has also been brighter than expected.

Only visible to the northern scopes at the moment, it is passing through Ursa Major and is currently magnitude 10 rather than magnitude 16.

From April the 16th to the 20th (local time Mayhill 17th to 21st UT) the comet will be within T14/T20 range of the magnitude 10 galaxy M108 and the magnitude 10 Owl Nebula. On the 18th it passes between M108 and the Owl Nebula (see chart above).

The low surface brightness of these objects means that longer exposures are needed. However, since the comet is withing scope travel from astronomical twilight to around 3 am there is plenty of time. On the other hand the waxing Moon will interfere until around mid morning.

MPEC one line ephemeris for Comet C/2014 S2 PanSTARRS

CK14S020  2015 12 09.8045  2.100659  0.987636   87.8098    8.1225   64.6704  20160113  10.0  4.0      C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)