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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

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Saturday
Mar152014

ALERT! New Comet S00692 is C/2014 E2

Chart of C/2014 E2 as seen from SSO, Southern Hemisphere. (click to embiggen).

Comet S00692 is now been given the official designation C/2014 E2 (Jacques). Congratulations again to the discovery team.

You can get an ephemeris from the MPEC, and one line elements suitable for iTelescopes (the one line ephemeris is below).

The comet goes through some interesting territory as it brightens, so should be a very good target.

The current ephemerides give the wrong brightness, being too dim, current reports put the comet between magnitude 11.5 and 13 and it promises to get at as bright as magnitude 8 (or possibley brighter).

Chart of Comet S00692 as seen from SSO, Southern Hemisphere. The large rectangle is the field of view of T12. The small rectangle is the field of view of T9. Northern observers will see it much later in the year. (click to embiggen).

 

 

 

 

MPEC one line elements
 CK14E020  2014 07 02.2038  0.658906  1.000000  344.4226   56.5455  156.4556            11.0  4.0      C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

 

Friday
Mar142014

ALERT! New Comet S00692

Chart of Comet S00692 as seen from SSO, Southern Hemisphere. The rectangle is the field of view of T12. Northern observers will not see it. (click to embiggen).

Congratulations to the SONEAR team of Brazil for their second comet discovery! Our own Artyom Novichonok imaged the comet using T9. As yet it does not have an offical name.

Unfortunately, the comet is only visible from the Southern hemisphere. However, it is very well placed for viewing, being 30 degrees above the horizon at astronomical twilight, riging higer therough the night.

It is currently around magnitude 11 and is brightening.

Ephemeris courtesy of Michael Mattiazzo

Orbital elements:
S002692
   Perihelion 2014 Jun 28.976968 TT;  Constraint: e=1
Epoch 2014 Mar 14.0 TT = JDT 2456730.5   Earth MOID: 0.3357   Find_Orb
M 359.99997              (2000.0)            P               Q
n   0.00000021     Peri.  349.93095      0.37287759      0.86727234
a  27432.0212      Node    58.75062      0.87589354     -0.44631439
e   0.9999782      Incl.  157.30493      0.30622344      0.22054963
P4543460           H   12.0     U  8.3     q 0.59610400  Q 54863.4464
From 34 observations 2014 Mar. 13-14 (25.5 hr); mean residual 0".433.


Ephemerides (For E 0.0000, N 0.0000):
Date (UT)    RA              Dec         delta   r     elong  ph_ang   mag
---- -- --  ------------   ------------  ------ ------ -----  ------   ---
2014 03 14  12 05 35.703   -37 15 04.63  1.1843 2.0448 139.5  18.4056 14.9
2014 03 15  11 59 42.506   -37 12 04.22  1.1637 2.0305 140.3  18.2439 14.8
2014 03 16  11 53 37.101   -37 07 18.46  1.1438 2.0161 140.9  18.1106 14.8
2014 03 17  11 47 19.763   -37 00 38.97  1.1246 2.0017 141.5  18.0120 14.7
2014 03 18  11 40 50.874   -36 51 57.36  1.1062 1.9873 142.0  17.9545 14.7
2014 03 19  11 34 10.927   -36 41 05.35  1.0885 1.9728 142.4  17.9446 14.6
2014 03 20  11 27 20.538   -36 27 54.92  1.0715 1.9583 142.6  17.9889 14.6
2014 03 21  11 20 20.439   -36 12 18.46  1.0554 1.9438 142.7  18.0933 14.5
2014 03 22  11 13 11.486   -35 54 08.98  1.0402 1.9293 142.6  18.2633 14.5
2014 03 23  11 05 54.648   -35 33 20.27  1.0258 1.9147 142.4  18.5036 14.5
2014 03 24  10 58 31.007   -35 09 47.12  1.0123 1.9001 142.1  18.8176 14.4
2014 03 25  10 51 01.741   -34 43 25.49  0.9997 1.8855 141.5  19.2073 14.4
2014 03 26  10 43 28.113   -34 14 12.74  .98806 1.8708 140.8  19.6735 14.4
2014 03 27  10 35 51.449   -33 42 07.71  .97741 1.8561 140.0  20.2153 14.3
2014 03 28  10 28 13.124   -33 07 10.95  .96774 1.8414 139.0  20.8306 14.3
2014 03 29  10 20 34.534   -32 29 24.72  .95909 1.8266 137.9  21.5159 14.3
2014 03 30  10 12 57.071   -31 48 53.09  .95145 1.8118 136.6  22.2666 14.3
2014 03 31  10 05 22.105   -31 05 41.91  .94485 1.7970 135.2  23.0771 14.3
Sunday
Feb092014

ALERT! V745 Sco in outburst!

Location of V745 Sco from the SSo at astronomicla twilight in the morning, the square indicates the location of the nova.

The recurrent nova V745 is in outburst, reported at magnitude 9.0 by Rod Stubbings. This is only the 3rd outburst of this nova, with the others at 1937 and 1989. Although the nova is fading (latest magnitudes have it around 10), observations are need to follow the progress of this poorly understood class of nova.

V745 Sco is visible in the tail of  Scorpius in the pre-dawn, and is located at the following (J2000) coordinates: RA: 17 55 22.27 , Dec: -33 14 58.5

This means that it is only imagable from the SSO iTelescopes, where it will be 33 degrees above the horizon at astronomical twilight, in a very rich field.

Magnitude comparison charts from AAVSO here.

(sorry this is a bit late, too busy with C/2012 C2 and sending my partner off to the bushfires in the north)

Sunday
Feb092014

ALERT! New Comet C/2014 C2 STEREO

Comet C/2014 C2 in the STEREO H1 A instrument on 2/2/14,  arrowed. The vertical lines are instrument artefacts. Click to embiggen animation of 24 images from 2/2/14 to3/2/14 showing the rapid motion of the comet, click to embiggen.
Congratulations Comet Al! His keen eyes spotted a rapidly moving (and rapidly fading) comet in the STEREO H1A images, Man To Hui and Comet Al derived an orbit and it is up on the Minor Planet Centre already.

 Chart of Comet C/2014 C2 as seen from Mayhill New Mexico. Southern Hemisphere observers will not see it until it is much too faint. (click to embiggen)

Unfortunately, the comet will now only be visible from the northern hemisphere, and will be very low above the horizon at astronomical twilight from around February 14. It will probably be very faint, around magnitude 13 or less. This makes it a very difficult target.

The comet was visible in the southern hemisphere in the evening, but was low on the horizon around astronomical twilight fom January 1, and may have been too faint to observe. But Australian observers should check their images from this time.

MPEC one line Ephermeris
    CK14C020  2014 02 18.6577  0.508074  1.000000   57.5181  283.3470  135.3097            18.5  8.0      C/2014 C2 (STEREO)

Orbital elements:
    C/2014 C2 (STEREO)
T 2014 Feb. 18.65769 TT                                 MPC
q   0.5080744            (2000.0)            P               Q
                   Peri.   57.51809     -0.45953242     -0.56620958
                   Node   283.34701     -0.84240966     +0.52195234
e   1.0            Incl.  135.30975     +0.28138215     +0.63794394
From 77 observations 2014 Feb. 1-4.


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