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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

Tuesday
Apr142015

ALERT! Comet C/2015 F4 Jacques amongst the Galaxies 

Comet C/2015 F4 Jacques near the galaxies PGC 64456 and PGC 64450 as seen from the Siding Spring Observatory at 2:00 am local time on April 18. The rectangle is the field of view of T9. Click to embiggen. 

Denis Denisenko on comets-ml has alerted us to a challenging but interesting imaging opportunity.

Comet C/2015 F4 Jacques comes within 4' of galaxy IC 4991 (PGC 64450 mag ) and even closer to the smaller and fainter PGC 64456 (mag 14.3) on April 17th at about 16h UT. This translates to 2:00 am on the 18th at the SSO scopes.

The comet is in Saggitarius, and is best imaged from the SSO scopes, the observational window runs from around 1 am on the 18th to astronomical twilight on the 18th at just after 5:00 am.

Currently magnitude 15.7, you will need fairly long exposures to bring out the comet, so not smearing the galaxies will prove a challenge if you are tracking on the comet. There are other galaxies so a bit of composition off the comet may be worthwhile.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

    CK15F040  2015 08 09.7260  1.679893  1.000000   34.4654  286.4132   48.3598  20150627  11.0  4.0      C/2015 F4 (Jacques)

Monday
Apr132015

Citizen Science Project - Watching for Outbursts of comet 29P

Comet 29P as seen from the SSO scopes at midnight in April. Click to embiggen.

Richard Miles has made a prediction at the recent British Astronomical Association meeting the comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann will have an outburst on 23 April +/- 3 days.

A request for observations has been made, for observations of 29P for the last 10 days of April. Catching an outburst would be very important for our understanding of these events in a comets life.

So, if you can, try and make observations of the comet in this time frame. On March 16 the comet was magnitude 16, and should be up to magnitude 15.5 now, an outburst of 1-2 magnitudes should be captureable with the iTelescope scopes.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

0029P         2019 04 04.8131  5.761153  0.041659   49.8027  312.4086    9.3771  20150627   4.0  4.0    29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Sunday
Apr122015

April Highlights: C/2014 Q2, C/2013 A1, C/2015 G2

Last Quarter 12 April, New Moon is 19 April,  First Quarter 26 April and Full Moon 4 May.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as seen at astronomical twilight in the evening from New Mexico during April. The comet is currently in Cassiopeia and will move into Cepheus in May. The large rectangle is the field of view of T14. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is no longer the spectacle it was. However, it is still a very nice target. It is currently around magnitude 7.5. 

It is currently briefly visible only in the Northern scopes, for a about half an hour after astronomical twilight in the evening and for around half an hour before astronomical twilight in the morning. By the end of April there will be a very limited window of about an hour for imaging before it becomes too low.

The comet is within T14 distance of the mag 7.4 open cluster Cr463 from April 12-21 .

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

    CK14Q020  2015 01 30.0678  1.290375  0.997720   12.3958   94.9757   80.3013  20150627   2.7 10.0      C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2015 F3 SWAN is one of the hewly discovered "bright" comets. Currently magnitude 11 (not the 14 given by the ephemeris) it will continue to fade over April. Like C/2013 Q2 the comet is only briefly visible at astronomical twilight in the evening and morning from the northern hemisphere scopes. From 12th to 14th it is within T14 range of the open clusters Berk 59 (M11) and NGC 7762 (M10).

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

    CK15F030  2015 03 09.2741  0.833448  0.992804   57.4372   31.6758   73.3701  20150227  14.5  4.0      C/2015 F3 (SWAN)

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring from Mayhill during April. Click to embiggen and print.
Comet C/2013 A1 has faded substantially, and now is magnitude 14.
On the 16th it is 12' from galaxy IC 1211 (M 12.7). On the 30th it is 14' from the from the galaxy NGC 5879 (M 11.4)
The MPC one line ephemeris is:
CK13A010  2014 10 25.2854  1.398736  1.000247    2.4164  300.9766  129.0428  20150627   8.2  2.4      C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

Comets C/2015 G2 MASTER, 88P/Howell and C/2013 US10 Catalina as seen from the SSO scopes at astronomical twilight in the morning, the large rectangle is the field of view of T12, the small that of T9. Click to embiggen.

C/2015 G2 MASTER is the subject of a separate alert.

Comet 88P Howell is high enough in the sky to be imaged by the Southern iTelescopes before astronomical twilight in the morning. It is in Aquarius all month. Currently magnitude 9, it will brighten up to magnitude further in the coming months but remain a Southern object. It has no notable encounters this month. On the 21st it is 15' from the galaxy NGC 7371 (M11.6)

The MPC one line ephemeris is:
0088P         2015 04 06.2346  1.358594  0.563017  235.9180   56.6974    4.3825  20150408  11.0  6.0    88P/Howell
Comet C/2013 US10 promises to become reasonably bright later on in the year (magnitude 5 November-December). Currently it is magnitude 11 and is visible briefly in the SSO scopes before astronomical twilight in the morning. During the month it rises higher in the morning skies and becomes more accessible.
The MPC one line ephemeris is:
CK13U10S  2015 11 15.7158  0.822950  1.000322  340.3587  186.1439  148.8783  20150627   4.4  4.0      C/2013 US10 (Catalina)
C/2015 F5 (SWAN-XINGMING) (was potential comet XMAAS) is not visible from the iTelescope scopes.

Comet 67P//Churyumov-Gerasimenko is now above the southern horizon in the morning, but remains below the limit of the SSO scopes until the end of May.

Some NEO asteroid encounters that may be of interest (from space weather):


2015 GK
Apr 13
2.8 LD
29 m
5381 Sekhmet
May 17
62.8 LD
2.1 km


 On 14 April Vesta and Neptune are 4 degrees apart (but due to their orientation will need a mosaic to fit then together.

Sunday
Apr122015

ALERT! Comet C/2015 G2 MASTER (Formerly M503ujx) Close to the Helix Nebula April 19-22.

Comet C/2015 G2 MASTER (formerly M503ujx) as seen from the SSO scopes at astronomical twilight in the morning, the large rectangle is the field of view of T12, the small that of T9. Also nearby are 88P/Howell and C/2013 US10 Catalina. Click to embiggen.

The presumed comet M503ujx has been confirmed as a comet and is now C/2015 G2 MASTER (potential comet XMAAS is now C/2015 F5 (SWAN-XINGMING)). It is visible high in the eastern morning skies from the SSO scopes, being around 39 degrees above the horizon at astronomical twilight, and remains high for most of April, disappearing in mid May to reappear in the evening sky.

Between the 19th and 22nd of April the comet is within T12 distance of the Helix nebula. On the 19th it is 1 degree away from the Helix Nebula, on the 20th it will be 33' from the nebula and on the the 21st it will be 43' away.

The ephemeris lists the comet as being magnitude 11 at this time. But currently it is around magnitude 9, about 2.5 magnitudes above the ephemeris predictions. It may possibly reach magnitude 6 in mid-May evening skies, passing through Eridanus and Lepus.

The Helix Nebula is magnitude 7.9, a stack of 10-15 1 -2 minute exposures may bring them both out nicely (Rolando Ligustri may advise differently).

MPC one line ephemeris:
    CK15G020  2015 05 23.8022  0.779770  1.000000  257.4779  110.0566  147.5512  20150627  11.0  4.0      C/2015 G2 (MASTER)