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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

Entries in outburst (5)

Sunday
Jul302017

UPDATE! Asteroid 2008 GO98 retains coma and tail, continued observation requested.

Location of hilda type asteroid2008 GO98 as seen from SSO at transit (midnight local time). The rectangle is the field of view of T09.

As outlined in MPEC 2017-N50 : COMETARY ACTIVITY IN (457175) 2008 GO98 the Hilda type asteroid 2008 GO98 has displayed cometary like activity.

After several weeks of observation cometary activity of this object is still occurring, making it more likely this is an outburst of a previously dormant comet. On going observation is requested.

The asteroid is in an exclet position for observation from both northern and southern hemisphere telescopes, being visible from around 11 pm to astronomical twilight above alpha Equllus.

However, it will be a challenge to image being at magnitude 18 (brighter than the predicted 18.6) and will require deep exposures with narrow field instruments.

 The MPEC one line ephemeris is:

j7175   12.9   0.15 K1794  47.05002   53.42004  192.60962   15.57158  0.2805399  0.12496973   3.9621675  0 MPO413525   297   8 2001-2017 0.54 M-v 38h MPC        0000 (457175) 2008 GO98          20170706

Sunday
Jul302017

ALERT! Comet 29P in outburst again!

Location of comet 29P as seen from the SSO scopes at 1 pm local time as it transits the meridian. The small rectangle is the field fo view of T9. click to embiggen.

Comet 29P is known for it irregular outbursts. It has recently undergone a series of four outbursts in 13 days, reacing magnitude 13.5 (from magnitude 15.7!). It has been reported yesterday that it has undergone another outburst, so far of a modest 0.8 magnitudes.

Observations are required to follow the progress of this outburst.

The comet is in Capricorn, between gamma and iota Capricornii. The comet is visible from both southern a nrthern scops, although the Southern scopes have the best view. The comet Transits at around 1 am local time, however the waxing Moon will make observations increasingly difficult.

MPEC one line ephemeris:

0029P         2019 03 07.7582  5.766822  0.043032   47.7745  312.3946    9.3683  20190318   4.0  4.0    29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Monday
Aug292016

ALERT! Comet 174P in Outburst

Location of comet/asteroid 174P/Echeclus as seen from Mayhill Newmexico around 3:00 am local time. The large rectangle is the FOV of T14/20, the small that of T05. Click to embiggen.

174P/Echeclus has been reported to be in a rare outburst. Originally described as a Centaur object, it has since shown cometary features, with outbursts in 2006 (when it shed a fragment) and 2011.

The comet has jumped from magnitude 17.9 to 15.2. Faint to be sure, but reachable with several of the iTelescopes.

Observations are required to follow the progress of this outburst.

The comet is in Pisces, near Uranus. The comet is visible in iTelescopes in both the northern and southern hemispheres (although north is best) from around 11 pm local time, transiting around 3 am and still accessible until astronomical twilight.

MPEC one line ephemeris:

0174P         2015 04 21.6414  5.816250  0.455408  162.8557  173.3356    4.3447  20160731   9.4  2.0   174P/Echeclus

Ephemeris of comet 174P Echeclus from Mayhill (altitude at local midnight)

Date Rise Ast Twi E Altitude Transit Set Ast Twi B
28 Aug 2016 20:37:29 19:57:11 +40° 37' 27" 03:01:53 09:22:15 04:08:08
29 Aug 2016 20:33:28 19:55:42 +41° 24' 25" 02:57:49 09:18:07 04:09:01
30 Aug 2016 20:29:27 19:54:13 +42° 11' 10" 02:53:44 09:13:58 04:09:53
31 Aug 2016 20:25:25 19:52:44 +42° 57' 39" 02:49:38 09:09:48 04:10:45
01 Sep 2016 20:21:23 19:51:15 +43° 43' 53" 02:45:32 09:05:37 04:11:36
02 Sep 2016 20:17:21 19:49:46 +44° 29' 49" 02:41:26 09:01:26 04:12:27
03 Sep 2016 20:13:18 19:48:16 +45° 15' 25" 02:37:19 08:57:15 04:13:18
04 Sep 2016 20:09:15 19:46:47 +46° 00' 41" 02:33:11 08:53:02 04:14:08
05 Sep 2016 20:05:11 19:45:17 +46° 45' 35" 02:29:03 08:48:49 04:14:58
06 Sep 2016 20:01:07 19:43:47 +47° 30' 04" 02:24:55 08:44:36 04:15:47
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