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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

Wednesday
Jul312013

ALERT! Bright Supernova in M74

A bright supernova 2013ej, has been confirmed in the galaxy M74. Interestingly, it is not far (less than one arc second) from the position of a supernova in M74 found in M74 by iTelescope member Stan Hunt (SNHunt142).

A confirmation image using one of the SSO iTelescopes is here.

The waning Moon has now moved away from M74, making it an excellent target.

Wednesday
Jul242013

ALERT! NEO Asteroid 2003 DZ15 close approach on July 30

NEO 2003 DZ15 as seen from New Mexico at 10:00 pm 28-31 July (04:00 UT 29 July- 1 August) . The crosses mark the position of the asteroid every 5 hours.

Near Earth Asteroid  2003 DZ15 will  came close to Earth on  July 30 at 00:47 UT at distance of 0.02 AU (around 9 Earth-Moon distances). It has an estimated diameter of  152 m. The asteroid is actually getting dimmer, currently magnitude 16.7 it reaches mag 18 at closest approach. The dimness will make this a bit of a challenge.

NEO 2003 DZ15 is only visible from the northern iTelescopes as it passes through Lyra, Draco and Ursa Major. It is moving moderately, so the tracking capability of the iTelescopes may be okay, but topocentric epheri would be best to make sure.

The asteroid is high enough to image from astronomical twilight to around midnight from Mayhill.

Close up view of 2003 DZ15 on the night of the 29th (30th UT). Each time point is 15 minutes. The Large rectangle is the field of view of iTelescope 14, small rectangle is the field of view of iTelecope 5.

While standard planetarium plotting may be sufficent, you may still like 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

The MPC one line elements are:

K03D15Z 22.3   0.15 K134I 241.21278  263.60648  141.99712    3.65212  0.4869160  0.73088738   1.2205879  4 E2013-O37   127   2 2003-2013 0.50 M-v 3Eh MPC        0000         2003 DZ15           20130720

Always use the latest possible orbital elements and ephemeris. The planning guides to viewing YU55 here and here will help organising topocentric ephemerides  for these events.

Saturday
Jul202013

AAVSO Alert Notice 487: Supernova 2013dy in NGC 7250

Event: Supernova 2013dy in NGC 7250 (Lacerta) = PSN J22181760+4034096

Independent discovery by: 
 - Lick Observatory Supernova Search (LOSS), reported by C. 
Casper, W. Zheng, W. Li, and A. V. Filippenko (University of 
California at Berkeley) and S. B. Cenko (Goddard Space Flight 
Center)
 - Kuniaki Goto (Miyoshi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan), 
communicated by Shoichi Itoh (National Astronomical Observatory 
of Japan) 

Discovery Magnitude: 
 - LOSS: CCD magnitude 17.0, on unfiltered Katzman Automated 
Imaging Telescope (KAIT) images
 - Goto: about 16, using 35-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope

Discovery date: 
 - LOSS: 2013 July 10.45 UT
 - Goto: 2013 July 11.735 UT 

Coordinates: R.A. = 22 18 17.60, Decl.= +40 34 09.6 (2000.0)
SN 2013dy is offset 2.1" west, 24.9" north from the nucleus of NGC 
7250 (coordinates and offset from LOSS).

Spectra: SN 2013dy is a Type-Ia supernova discovered one to two 
weeks before maximum, according to spectra by: 
 - D. D. Balam (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, National 
Research Council of Canada (NRCC)), M. L. Graham (Las Cumbres 
Observatory Global Telescope, University of California at San 
Diego), and E. Y. Hsiao (Las Campanas Observatory) obtained on 
Jul 13.31 UT with the NRCC 1.82-m Plaskett Telescope;
 - J.-J. Zhang (Yunnan Astronomical Observatory (YNAO)) and X.-F. 
Wang (Tsinghua University) obtained on Jul 14.75 UT with the
2.4-m telescope (+YFOSC) at YNAO LiJiang Gaomeigu Station;
 - W. Zheng (University of California, Berkeley), S. B. Cenko 
(Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA), K. I. Clubb, O. D. Fox, P. L. 
Kelley, and A. V. Filippenko (University of California, Berkeley), 
and J. M. Silverman (University of Texas) obtained on Jul 11.7 
with the 10-m Keck II telescope (+ DEIMOS spectrograph) at Keck 
Observatory.

Observations reported to the AAVSO:
2013 Jul 8.45 UT, <18.5 U (unfiltered KAIT CCD photometry, via 
CBET 3588);
10.086, 19.1 (F. Ciabattari, Borgo a Mozzano, Italy, 0.5-m 
Newtonian telescope + FLI Proline 4710 camera, via CBET 3588);
10.7, 16.6 (A. Mantero, Bernezzo, Italy; 0.25-m f/4 reflector, 
via CBET 3588);
11.909, 16.0 (G. Masi and F. Nocentini, remotely using 43-cm 
robotic telescope, Virtual Telescope Project facility in Ceccano, 
Italy, via CBET 3588);
11.994, 16.3 V (M. Martignoni, Magnago, Italy;0.25-m f/10 Schmidt-
Cassegrain reflector, via CBET 3588);
12.423, 15.7 (L. Elenin, Lyubertsy, Russia, and I. Molotov, 
Moscow, Russia; remotely using 0.45-m f/2.8 telescope at ISON-NM 
Observatory near Mayhill, NM, via CBET 3588);
14.37, 14.5 U (KAIT, via CBET 3588);
15.96528, 14.5 (K. Wenzel, Grossostheim, Germany, visual);
16.19444, 14.4 (T. C. Hoffelder, Norway, ME, visual);
16.93750, 13.9 (Wenzel, visual);
18.91319, 13.5 (Wenzel, visual);

Charts: Charts for SN 2013dy may be created using the AAVSO 
Variable Star Plotter (VSP) at http://www.aavso.org/vsp.

Submit observations: Please submit observations to the AAVSO 
International Database using the name SN 2013dy.

Notes:
a. Announced on IAU CBAT Central Bureau Electronic Telegram 3588 
(Daniel W. E. Green, ed.). Except for observations reported to the
AAVSO and Note e, all information in this Alert Notice comes from 
CBET 3588.

b. SN 2013dy was designated PSN J22181760+4034096 when it was 
posted on the CBAT TOCP webpage 
(http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/unconf/tocp.html). Note that
the offset was incorrectly posted on the TOCP page as 24.9" south.
 
c. Position end figures and additional observation details for all 
observations reported here via CBET 3588 are available in CBET 3588.

d. SN 2013dy images:
 - F. Ciabattari (Jul 10.086, 19.1), at 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snimages/9277396759/ 
 - Andrea Mantero (Jul 10.7, 16.6), at 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreagalaxy/9261869119/ 
 - L. Elenin and I. Molotov (Jul 12.423, 15.7), at 
http://spaceobs.org/images/TOCP/PSNJ22181760+4034096-20130712.png).

e. J. Ryan (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) reports 
in ATel #5216 (http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=5216) that 
he and colleagues will be taking HST UV spectra of SN 2103dy 10 
times over the next month, beginning 2013 July 21 ~11:00 UT. He 
requests observations at all wavelengths.

Congratulations to the LOSS team and to Kuniaki Goto on their 
independent discoveries!


This AAVSO Alert Notice was prepared by Elizabeth O. Waagen.
Thursday
Jul182013

ALERT! NEO Asteroid 2001 PJ9 close approach on July 17 -July 20

 

NEO 2001 PJ9 as seen from New Mexico at 1:30 am 19 July (07:31 UT) . The crosses mark the position of the asteroid every hour.

Near Earth Asteroid  2001 PJ9 came close to Earth on  2013-Jul-17 at 23:08UT at distance of 0.075 AU. This rock has an estimated diameter of  800 m. The asteroid is getting brighter and reaches mag 15.7 over next 5 days.

Astrometry is needed to support Goldstone radar observations.

NEO 2001 PJ9 is only visible from the northern iTelescopes as it passes through Cassiopeia, Andromeda and Lacerata. It is moving relatively slowly, so the tracking capability of the iTelescopes should be all that is needed.

The asteroid rises around 20:00 from Mayhill, and is only decently high enough to image at around 1-1:30 am.

Close up view of 2001 PJ9 on the night of the 19th. Each time point is one hour. . The rectangle is the field of view of iTelecope 5.

The MPC one line elements are

F3349   18.4   0.15 K134I 342.27601  291.13498  283.90324   10.54026  0.6389488  0.40831656   1.7994428  2 MPO264306    94   4 2001-2013 0.47 M-h 3Eh MPC        0000         (153349) 2001 PJ9   20130429