March 31, 2020

15.04.11: T Pyxidis in Outburst!

We interrupt this week’s regularly scheduled book review (which will run tomorrow) to bring notice to a recent celestial goings on. Early Thursday morning, AAVSO alert notice #436 graced our inbox; recurrent nova T Pyxidis is currently in outburst.

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U Scorpii is Currently in Outburst.

This is a quick shout out for all variable star watchers to catch a rare object; recurrent nova U Scorpii is currently in outburst. Followers of this space will recall that we blogged about this flare star last September; the AASVO issued Alert Notice 415 earlier today stating that U Sco is currently at +8 magnitude and climbing. Scorpius is currently placed low in the south east in the hours before dawn, and U Sco should be a binocular object. This is a fast one, so be sure to try and catch it over this next few mornings, as after this weekend it will have propably faded out, and we will also have a past Full Moon to contend with… good luck!

14.9.9:U Scorpii:A Nova in Waiting?

(Image credit & copyright courtesy of Mark A. Garlick; used by permission.

Please do not use this image in any way whatsoever without first contacting the artist).

Recurrent novae are among the rarest of beasts. While one-off galactic nova come and go throughout the year, recurrent novae are among those very few stars that have been known to exhibit nova-like flares multiple times. This week, I turn your attention towards U Scorpii, a known recurrent nova in the head of the constellation Scorpius. As the bright Moon is currently out of the evening sky, now and next month is the time to peek at this unique star before it slides behind the Sun. First discovered in 1863 by English astronomer N.R. Pogson during an outburst, U Scorpii stands as one of the fastest recurrent nova known, [Read more...]