Supernova (Artist Rendering: Courtesy of NASA)

Cygnus Nova Alert!!

11 Apr , 2008 by

According to today’s April 11 IAU Circular 8934, issued by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts a 7th-magnitude nova was discovered on April 10, 2008, by Koichi Nishiyama and Fujio Kabashima in Japan. It’s time to observe!

NASA

The event is located in Cygnus, about one-third of the way from Albireo (β Cygni) to Sadr (γ Cygni) – RA 19 43 0 Dec +32 19. From early reports, it may still be continuing to brighten. Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero of Remanzacco, Italy confirmed the discovery before the IAU announcement was made and estimated the nova’s magnitude at 7.5 at approximate 09:00:00 UT, 11 April 2008.

This image above is a map of Cygnus where the dimmest star shown is magnitude 7.5. The target area is circled. Binoculars and small telescopes are very capable of seeing this event! The zoomed map you see here is slightly larger than a binocular field of view and features the target area. The magnitudes are also set to 7.5. Should the event brighten, any stars you see that are in the target area brighter than what is shown will be the nova event.

If any updates or corrections occur, I will post them immediately. Clear skies and good luck!


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Adam
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Adam
April 11, 2008 9:45 PM

There seems to be alot of activity in this area. Check out Lacerta for other activity.

Good work. I wonder what this looks like from Germany?

marcellus
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marcellus
April 11, 2008 11:41 PM

Once these cloudy skies and snow finally get out of here (damn this global cooling!) I’ll be out there trying to pin this thing down.

Could it be that we will finally see a supernova in our lifetime?

Qev
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Qev
April 11, 2008 8:53 PM

Here’s a picture of the beasty:

Joel Raupe
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Joel Raupe
April 12, 2008 1:28 AM

In Cygnus, yet. A (relatively) local event? Gentlemen, start your spectrographs! I want substance!

Cygnus, the fall’s early evening harbinger of the bird migration, here under the Great Atlantic Flyway, it looks like a long necked goose flying south for the winter, the New Star is at the base of the neck, overhead just after local midnight.

A Nova for the people. Thanks, so much, for the heads up!

Adrianus V
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April 12, 2008 12:54 AM

Great! One question: isn’t it a nova? According to the IAU circular it is. I think you have to change the title of the post.

George
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George
April 12, 2008 4:53 AM

There was a nova in this area in 2001:

http://www.zen32156.zen.co.uk/nova_cygnus.htm

If the clouds ever clear from this area, I’ll have a look-see through my 10″ LX90

Robert Stephens
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Robert Stephens
April 12, 2008 7:06 AM

Is this an actual photograph or an artist’s rendering?
Attribution should always be given.

Don Alexander
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Don Alexander
April 12, 2008 7:12 AM

It’s a NOVA, NOT a supernova!!!

Nothing but a thermonuclear explosion on the surface of a white dwarf. These occur several times a year in our galaxy alone, and are nothing special. This one is a bit brighter than most, and, yes, may still be on the rise according to early spectroscopy results, but it will probably not reach naked-eye visibility.

von Dawsons Express
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von Dawsons Express
April 12, 2008 9:47 AM

…and some of us with very looong memories remember this…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V1500_Cygni

It was 1975 and I had been in The York Astronomical Society for some two years. Some very kind old grandee’s in the society gave us sprogs a lift to the observatory and shewed us V1500 Nova Cygni 1975…
Happy days (or nights…)
regards all
Martin

kootstar
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kootstar
April 13, 2008 3:23 AM

Just got home from STARING at this thing for about 10 to 15 minutes at friends observatory. One major comment, WOW, I saw it! The haze (or whatever it is called on that type nova) is getting gorgeous. I feeel so lucky to get that view. Can I hug the galaxy now? smile

dmedici
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dmedici
April 13, 2008 10:22 AM

AAVSO has a lot of info on this nova and soon to be a finder chart too.

http://www.aavso.org/publications/specialnotice/103.shtml

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