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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

Thursday
Feb262015

ALERT! Comet C/2015 D1 SOHO, ROB001 (SOHO SWAN) and Comet C/2013 C2 Tengagra, Observations Requested

Comet C/2015 D1 (SOHO) predicted path as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. The rectangle is the field of view of T14. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 SOHO is a sungrazing comet that breifly reach magnitude 4 and survived close passage to the Sun, at least until it was out of the FOV of the SOHO C3 instrument.

Currently people are trying to recover it along its predicted path, however, because the orbital elements are from spacecraft observations, there may be a fair bit of error. Also the comet is very low to the horizon.  To date, the comet has not been recovered and is likely to be dimmer than magnitude 9.

The comet is only accessible for northern hemisphere instruments, and will not be in view of the iTelescopes at astronomical twilight until around 4 March, when it will have dimmed a fair bit (possibly magnitude 11-12). The MPC ephemeris is here:

    CK15D010  2015 02 19.7471  0.028115  1.000000  234.7391   96.0501   70.2855             9.0  4.0      C/2015 D1 (SOHO)

Comet ROB001 Comet ROB001 is a new comet discovered in the SOHO SWAN images by Rob Matson and Michael Mattiazzo, and confirmed by Terry Lovejoy. Sadly, while it is close to the star Beta Ceti, it is too low for any of the iTelescopes, and unlikely to become visible until after perihelion in April. You can generate your own elements here.

http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/NEO/pccp_tabular.html

 

Comet C/2013 Tengara has been reported to be in outburst by the SLOOH robotic observatory, brightening from magnitude 19 to around magnitude 16. Currently in Corvus, it is high enough for imaging from around midnight. Please pass any observations on to comets-ml, comet-obs or the Comet Observation Database.

MPC one line ephemeris:

    CK13C020  2015 08 28.3233  9.131467  0.430949  308.7151  247.5142   21.3417  20141209   4.0  4.0      C/2013 C2 (Tenagra)

Friday
Feb202015

February-March Highlights: C/2014 Q2, C/2013 A1, C/2014 R1

New Moon is 19 February and First Quarter at 26 February. Full Moon 6 March, Last Quarter 14 March, New Moon 20 March, First Quarter 27 March.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as seen at 22:00 AEDST from New Mexico during February and March. The Comet is currently in Perseus, It will move into Cassiopea and stay there until April. Th learge rectangle is the fiedl of view of T14, the next largest T20 and the small T5. Click to embiggen.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy brightened up to around magnitude 4 in early January.

Despite fading, it is currently around magnitude 5.6. As well as being bright, ut has a long dramatic tail which has made it the subject of some amazing astrophotography

It is currently visible only in the Northern scopes, for a few hours after astronomical twilight. By the ned of March there will be a very limited window of anout an hour for imaging before it becomes too low.

During March the comet is within T14 and T20 distance of a number of open clusters. Mosaics and widefield images in T14 and T20  are best with its tail being outstanding with remarkable detail and day to day movement. Mosaics capturing the tail may capture more and fainter objects than I am pinting out here.

From the 7th to 12 March the comet is in widefield distance of the bright (M6.4) opne cluster NGC 457.

From the 12th to 24th the comet is in widefiedl distance of several bright open clusters starting form the 12th and going on M102 (M7.4), NGC 659 (M7.9) NGC 663 (M7.), NGC 654 (M6.5) and NGC 559 (M9.5).

In wide field views several of the clusters will be visible for several days at a time. You may wish to view my guide to making mosaics to best plan your images of this comet.

After the 7th the comet is in a good position for imaging before the Moon rises.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:

CK14Q020  2015 01 30.0699  1.290356  0.997763   12.3954   94.9755   80.3028  20141209   2.7 10.0      C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring from Mayhill during February-March. Click to embiggen and print.
Comet C/2013 A1 is bck in the skies again. Currently in Hercules, it is currently only visible in the northern hemisphere scopes.
Although it is only magnitude 11.6 at the moment, and will be fading over the moth, it will be very good to follow. It has undergome some outbursts, and might brighten up again.
On 7 March it is within widefield view of the galaxy NGC 6487 (M 12.2). On the 14th to 16th it is 54' from galaxy NGC 6447 (M 12.9). On the 28th to 29th it is 25' from the bright globular cluster M92 (M 6.5). The brigness difference will make imaging challenging. and on the 29th it is 27' from the galaxy NGC 6329 (M 12.9)
The MPC one line ephemeris is:
CK13A010  2014 10 25.2968  1.398722  1.000445    2.4182  300.9764  129.0429  20141209   8.2  2.4      C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS is now too close to the horizon to be seen with any iTelescope scope.

Comet 88P Howell is now high enough in the sky to be imaged by the Southern iTelescopes before astronomical twilight in the morning. Currently it is in Sagittarius, and will move into Capricornius, but never gets very high above the horizon during February-March. Currently magnitude 10, it will brighten up to magnitude 8-9 in the coming months but remain a Southern object.

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 15P Finlay has had an outburst earlier this year, and is still relatively bright. Currently in Piscies, it contines to climb into the northern skies. It is best veiwed around astronomical twilight for some weeks yet. Currently magnitide 11, it will continue to fade.

The MPC one line ephemeris is:
0015P         2014 12 27.0552  0.975900  0.720183  347.5527   13.7782    6.7990  20141209  12.0  4.0    15P/Finlay
Comet C/2014 R1 Borisov is visible in Ophiuchus moving into Serpens at astronomical twilight in the morning in the SSO scopes. It remains relatively low to the horizon, it is currently magnitude 13 and dimming.
The MPC one line ephemeris is:
CK14R010  2014 11 19.2419  1.345444  0.992580   55.6485  104.0542    9.9331  20141209   6.5  8.8      C/2014 R1 (Borisov)
Two largish asteroid tha come close are

2000 EE14
Feb 27
72.5 LD
1.6 km
2063 Bacchus
Apr 7
76 LD
1.6 km
Sunday
Feb152015

ALERT! Bright Nova in Scorpius and Sagittarius, Observation Resquested.

Chart of the location of the two nova recently reported in Scorpius and Sagittarius. The Nova are best seen from the SSO observatories shortly before astronomical twilight in the morning, the nova are too close to the horizon from the northern hemisphere scopes. Click to embiggen.

Two bright nova have been reported. The first in Scoripus, was reported at magnitude 8.4 but has rapidly faded to magnitude 10.6

It's location is R.A. 17 03 26.20 Decl. -35 04 14.0  (J2000.0). The AAVSO alert page is here
http://www.aavso.org/aavso-special-notice-397

Please report magnitude and any spectra to the AAVSO, see this link for information:
http://www.aavso.org/webobs

A bright transient has also been spotted in Sagittarius. It's starting magnitude was 10.9.

RA: 18 14 25.24 , Dec: -25 54 32.6 (J2000)

The potential nova is in a crowded field, so you may need the AVSO spotting maps to be certain you are seeing the object. Details can be found here. http://www.aavso.org/aavso-special-notice-398

Please submit observations as before.

 

Thursday
Jan292015

ALERT! Comet 17P/Holmes in Outburst, Observations Requested

Location of comet 17P/Holmes in Perseus at 20:00 from Mayhill New Mexico at telescopic scale. The large rectangle is the field of view of T20, the small that of T5, T11 is in-between.Click to embiggen

Comet 17P/Holmes is reported to be in outburst, with an increase in magnitude of around 3.7 to magntiude 14.3, with a wedge shaped coma.

Observations are requested to follow the evolution of this outburst, especially over the next few days to follow the coma expansion. 

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

The comet is currently in Perseus near epsilon Persii, not far from the Zenith at astronomical twilight. The comet transits at 19h 33m 12s and sets at 4h 4m 49.Thus it is only visible from the northern scopes, but is visible under good conditions for most of the night. Unfortunaetly the waxing Moon will hamper observation somewhat, and the comet is too low to image at Moonset.

MPC one line ephemeris:

0017P         2014 03 27.5239  2.056733  0.431769   24.5234  326.7645   19.0917  20141209  10.0  6.0    17P/Holmes