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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (April 17, 2015)

Dear comet observers,    We have prepared the following new charts for our homepage:    C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy):    - a 6x8 degrees chart for the period 20 April - 4 May 2015    C/2015 G2 (MASTER):    - a 4.5x6.0 degrees chart for the period 18 - 24 April 2015    88P/Howell:    - a 4.5x6.0 degrees chart for the period 18 - 25 April 2015    These new charts are now available in the charts section of our  mainpage at: http://www.shopplaza.nl/astro    Reinder Bouma/Edwin van Dijk  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Friday, 10 April 2015

Geomagnetic storm sparks auroras over the USA

Space Weather News for April 10, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

On Friday, April 10th, a G2-class geomagnetic storm erupted. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into the USA, where auroras were photographed as far south as Colorado.  At the time of this alert, storm conditions are still underway with a possibility for more storming when a belated CME arrives later in the day. Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Saturday, 4 April 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00849] April Journal now available on the BAA website

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BAA electronic bulletin
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April Journal now available on the BAA website

Details of the April Journal are now available on the BAA website,
www.britastro.org/jbaa2015april. To read PDFs of the articles, or to download
a PDF of the whole Journal, you must log in as a member (top right of
screen). If you haven't yet registered for full online access (or have
forgotten your sign-in details) click on 'Register for online access' and
enter your details there.

And don't forget you may purchase the complete searchable archive of the BAA
Journal from 1890 to 2011 on DVD, from www.britastro.org/journal-dvds.

Best wishes
Hazel McGee, Journal Editor
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Total Eclipse of the Moon on Saturday

Space Weather News for April 3, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

LUNAR ECLIPSE:  Sky watchers on the Pacific side of Earth can see a brief but beautiful lunar eclipse on Saturday morning, April 4th.  The Moon will turn red, and possibly turquoise, too, as the lunar disk passes through the shadow of our planet.  Totality lasts for less than 5 minutes, so it is important to be outside at the right moment.  Check http://spaceweather.com for viewing times and more information.

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (April 3, 2015)

Dear comet observers,    We have prepared the following new chart for our homepage:    C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy):    - a 6x8 degrees chart for the period 5 - 20 April 2015    This new chart is now available in the charts section of our  mainpage at: http://www.shopplaza.nl/astro      Reinder Bouma/Edwin van Dijk  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00848] Recent novae and supernovae

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There's been a plethora of new objects reported recently, mainly
novae, but also one supernova.

PSN J07361576-6930230 = SN 2015F
Discovered on 2015 March 09.789 by Berto Monard in NGC 2442 at R.A. =
07h36m15s.76, Decl. = -69°30'23".0.  Latest estimates have it around
magnitude 13.3V. Martin Mobberley has uploaded an image here:
http://martinmobberley.co.uk/images/psnj07361576-6930230_20150322_mpm.jpg


NOVA SAGITTARII 2015 NO. 2 = PNV J18365700-2855420
Discovered by John Seach, Chatsworth island, NSW, Australia on 2015
March 15.63UT at magnitude 6.0 using a DSLR and 50mm f/1.0 lens. The
object is located at: RA 18h 36m 56.84s DEC -28 55' 39.8" (2000). An
optical spectrum by S. C. Williams of Liverpool John Moores University
obtained 2015 March 16.27 UT using the FRODOspec spectrograph on the
Liverpool Telescope indicates N Sgr 2015 No. 2 is a classical Fe II
nova. Recent observations report it at around magnitude 5.0.

PNV J18142514-2554343
Discovered by Hideo Nishimura (Shizuoka-ken, Japan), Koichi Nishiyama
(Kurume, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Miyaki, Japan) at an unfiltered
magnitude of around 11. It is located at: RA 18h14m25.24s DDEC -25 54'
32.6" (2000). Echelle spectra by Frederick Walter (Stony Brook
University) taken on the night of 2015 February 15/16 near maximum
light indicate that N Sgr 2015 is a classical Fe II nova. Latest
observations have it at around magnitude 11.6.

BRIGHT TRANSIENT IN SCO (PNV J17032620-3504140)
Elizabeth Waagen reports on AAVSO Special Notice 397 the announcement
on the CBAT Transient Object Confirmation Page (TOCP) of the discovery
of a bright transient in Scorpio. Tadashi Kojima (Japan) detected the
transient on 2015 February 11.836UT at unfiltered CCD magnitude 8.2
using a 150-mm f/2.8 lens + a digital camera. It is located at: RA 17h
03m 26.20s DEC -35 04'14.0" 2000). Frederick Walter, Stony Brook
University reports on ATEL 7060 an observation with the Chiron Echelle
Spectrograph on the SMARTS/CTIO 1.5m on 2015 February 13 at 09:38UT.
This confirms that this object is a nova.  Current observations show
it at around magnitude 13.6V.

PNV J17291350-1846120
Discoverer: Yukio Sakurai, Ibaraki-ken, Japan R.A. 17h29m13.50s
Decl. -18°46'12.0" (J2000.0) 2015 March 29.766 UT, 12.2 mag (CCD,
unfiltered).  Latest observations show it to be at magnitude 11.9V. A
discovery image can be seen at:
http://www.oaa.gr.jp/~oaacs/image/PnovaOph.jpg. According to
Fujii-san, Balmer lines with P Cyg-type profile (1900km/s) were
observed. He I (5048A, 5876A, 6678A, 7065A) and N II
(5001A, 5479A, 5679A, 5938A) were also in emission. N III (4640A) and
O I (7773A) might be present. The nova appears to be a He/N-type one.

PNV J20145000+1903300
Discoverer: Akihiko Tago, Okayama-ken, Japan R.A. 20h14m52.98s Decl.
+19°03'52.2" (J2000.0) 2015 March 21.758 UT, 8.5 mag (CCD, unfiltered)
Patrick Schmeer notes on vsnet-alert 18475 that the object is NOT a
nova.

The charts for many of these objects may be created using the AAVSO
Variable Star Plotter (VSP) at http://www.aavso.org/vsp.

roger.pickard@sky.com
31st March 2015
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Saturday, 28 March 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00847] Reminder for One Day meeting on 25th April in Ashford

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I am writing to remind you that the closing date for the One Day meeting on
Saturday 2015 April 25 in Ashford is fast approaching.

This meeting is being held in The Stour Centre, Station Approach, Ashford,
Kent, TN23 1ET.

The event is titled 'Amateur & Professional Collaboration' offering an
opportunity to find out more about how you can be involved in real science
working as an amateur with professionals. So if you or friends and family
would like to come please book now.  The closing date is 10th April.

The cost for BAA members, Affiliated Society members, and accompanied
children under 16 is £13 and £16.00 for non-members. The cost includes
refreshments – to book please contact the BAA office by phone: 020 7734
4145 or complete the form on the BAA website www.britastro.org/Ashford2015

Retailers attending are: - BAA Sales & F1 Telescopes


Our day starts at 10:00 with registration and is planned to end at 17:45
and speakers include: -

Dr Dirk Froebrich – "Hunting for Eruptive Young Stellar Objects"

Mr Roger Pickard –  "More Pro-Am Projects"

Mr Drew Wagar –  AAS Chairman "The past, present, future of the Ashford
Astronomy Society"

Dr Anthony Cook –  Lunar Citizen Science

Prof Bill Leatherbarrow - "An introduction to QuickMap: a resource for
lunar observers"

Mr Barry FitzGerald – "Amateur Astrogeology using LRO and other digital
resources"

Miss Alice Sheppard – "When the Universe came to the people"



Full details and maps can be found on the BAA website
www.britastro.org/Ashford2015 and on the Ashford website http:
www.ashfordastro.org.uk

I am looking forward to seeing you there.

Hazel


*Hazel Collett*
*Meetings Secretary For the British Astronomical Association*
*Burlington House*
*Piccadilly*
*London*
*W1J 0DU*
*Tel: 07944 751277*
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Monday, 23 March 2015

Eclipse Photos

http://earthsky.org/space/best-photos-solar-eclipse-march-20-2015?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=22ee84471e-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-22ee84471e-393732205

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Saturday, 21 March 2015

St. Patrick's Day Geomagnetic Storm

Space Weather News for March 17, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

SEVERE GEOMAGNETIC STORM:  A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of March 17th, triggering a magnetic disturbance that has escalated into the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle (Kp=8).  During the hours before sunrise on St. Patrick's Day, bright green skies appeared over multiple US states including Wisconsin, Washington, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.  Please check http://spaceweather.com  for pictures and updates on the progress of the storm.

DID YOU SLEEP THROUGH THE AURORAS?  Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service were notified by phone  moments after the CME hit and they received constant updates as the storm intensified.  Sign up for the service at http://spaceweathertext.com (text) or http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Total Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015

Space Weather News for March 19, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

ARCTIC ECLIPSE: On March 20th, the first day of northern spring, Arctic sky watchers could witness something rare and wonderful:  Northern Lights during a total eclipse of the sun.  Earth's magnetic field is reverberating from a CME strike on March 17th that sparked the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle.  Days after the impact, auroras are still dancing around the Arctic Circle.  Those auroras could emerge in "broad daylight" this Friday when the new Moon passes in front of the Arctic sun, producing a total eclipse visible from Svalbard, the Faroe Islands, and many ships at sea.  Visit http://spaceweather.com for a preview and updates during the eclipse.

DID YOU SLEEP THROUGH THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY AURORAS?  Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service were notified by phone  moments after the CME hit and they received constant updates as the storm intensified.  Sign up for the service at http://spaceweathertext.com (text) or http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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