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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

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
Thursday
Mar062014

ALERT! NEO 2014 EC on 6-7 March

NEO 2014 EC as seen from Siding Springs Observatory from 1:00 am 7 March 5:35 am (14:00 - 18:35 UT 6Mar). The crosses mark the position of the asteroid every 5 minutes, the large rectangle is the field of view of T12 and the small that of T9. click to embiggen.

Near Earth Asteroid  2014 EC will  come close to Earth on 21:29 UT 6 March at distance of 0.0004 AU (around 0.2 Earth-Moon distances). It has an estimated diameter of  10m. The asteroid is currently magnitude 16.9, and will be mag 13.0 at closest approach. However, none of the iTelescopes will get to see closest approach, and only the Southern scopse really see anything. Before astronomical twilight the asteroid is magnitude 14:00.

60 second exposures may be reasonable in the latter stages but there will be substantial trailing, shorter exposures may be too dim.

NEO 2014 EC is visible for a reasonable time from the southern iTelescopes as it passes through Sextans. The asteroid is visible from start of astronomical twilight in the evening of the 6 March local time until end of astronomical twilight on the 7th (local time). It is moving very fast (starting at 19.12" and finishing at 595.72"/min), and is outside the reach of  the tracking capability of the iTelescopes. You will need to use a topocentric ephemeris and camp out on the asteroid track.

There is a substantial parallax effect (> 1 degree), so unless your planetarium program is able to cope with close parallax (most can't), you will need to work from topocentric coordinates. For topocentric ephemerides go to http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/MPEph/MPEph.html

 MPC Siding Spring Code62.

Always use the latest possible orbital elements and ephemeris. The planning guides to viewing YU55 here and here will help organising topocentric ephemerides for close approaching NEO's.

You will need to use unguided exposures. Choose a point where the asteroid will pass and aim at that. Remember that it takes time for the iTelescopes scopes to get to tracking position. T12 can take up to 5 minutes (depending on there being reliable stars in the field for tracking, check your logs to see what the average slew time is), so offset you initial position by around 4 minutes or so (this will be a significant distance) so the asteroid will be in field. The asteroid will cross the T12 FOV in about 10 minutes.

Wednesday
Mar052014

ALERT! NEO 2014 DX110 on 5 March

NEO 2014 DX110 as seen from New Mexico at 3:00 am 5 March (10:00 UT 5Mar). The crosses mark the position of the asteroid every 5 minutes, the large rectangle is the field of view of T14 and the small that of T5. click to embiggen.

Near Earth Asteroid  2014 DX110 will  come close to Earth on 21:00 UT 5 March at distance of 0.0023 AU (around 0.9 Earth-Moon distances). It has an estimated diameter of  31m. The asteroid is currently magnitude 15.4, and will be mag 15.0 at closest approach. 60 second exposures may be reasonable but there will be substantial trailing, shorter exposures may be too dim.

NEO 2014 DX110 is visible for a brief time from from the northern iTelescopes as it passes through Cancer and Lynx. The asteroid is visible from 3:00 am to astronomical twilight in the morning of the 5 March. It is moving very  fast (117.10"/min), and is outside the reach of  the tracking capability of the iTelescopes. You will need to use a topocentric ephemeris and camp out on the asteroid track.

The asteroid goes from magnitude 15.4 to 15.0, but Mayhill misses out on closest approach which occurs after dawn.

There is a substantial parallax effect (> 1 degree), so unless your planetarium program is able to cope with close parallax (most can't), you will need to work from topocentric coordinates. For topocentric ephemerides go to http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/MPEph/MPEph.html

Nth America MPC Code - H06, Spain MPC Code - I89.

Always use the latest possible orbital elements and ephemeris. The planning guides to viewing YU55 here and here will help organising topocentric ephemerides for close approaching NEO's.

You will need to use unguided exposures. Choose a point where the asteroid will pass and aim at that. Remember that it takes time for the iTelescopes scopes to get to tracking position. T14 can take up to 5 minutes (depending on there being reliable stars in the field for tracking, check you logs to see what the average slew time is), so offset you initial position by around 4 minutes or so (this will be a significant distance) so the asteroid will be in field. The asteroid will cross the T5 FOV in about 10 minutes.

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)