Nova near Cassiopeia

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Nova near Cassiopeia

#1  Postby newolder » Mar 19, 2021 8:51 pm

No clear sky here since discovery on March 15th but here's a write up at Astronomy Now

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Re: Nova near Cassiopeia

#2  Postby Ironclad » Mar 20, 2021 10:12 am

Can we see this tonight, naked eye?
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Re: Nova near Cassiopeia

#3  Postby newolder » Mar 20, 2021 5:32 pm

From the latest ATel anent

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We also performed multicolor photometry on 2021-03-19.83 using the 0.4-m telescope at Kyoto University. The nova was B = 8.383, V = 7.730, Ic = 7.233, and Rc = 7.450 then.


So it's still below naked eye visibility but probably can be seen with binoculars - given clear sky and good viewing, of course. Also, Cassiopeia is above the horizon all night for northern hemisphere watchers and the "W" constellation is one of the easier to spot. :thumbup:

Another article, this time at Astronomy magazine

An amateur astronomer just spotted a strange new object in the sky. And it’s bright enough for you to see with binoculars from your backyard.

By Alison Klesman | Published: Friday, March 19, 2021
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#4  Postby Ironclad » Mar 21, 2021 9:17 pm

I’ll try my reading glasses :X
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