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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 15:48:14 EDT
Subject: Possible Nova + ASGI meeting

Hi all,

1. Guy Hurst (TA), via Prof Mark Bailey (Armagh),  reports a POSSIBLE NOVA IN 
SAGITTARIUS:

Bill Liller, Chile, reported that there seems to be a new stellar object at 
RA 18h 02.4m DEC -25d 18' (2000).  It appears on three photos taken at 2002 
Sept 15.1102UT, 15.1227 and 15.1241 with an 80mm f/1.4 lens, orange filter 
and Kodak TP film; its magnitude is approximately 8.5.  Nothing brighter than 
mag 11.5 appears on two photos taken at Sept 11.12. He adds that the 
magnitude is very uncertain owing to severe light pollution caused by the 
8-day-old moon about 8.5 degrees away.
   Bob King, Duluth, USA has reported a visual sighting of the new object 
using a 0.25-m reflector. On Sept 16.08UT, he estimated the magnitude as 8.0.
   It's about 1.1 deg SSW of the Lagoon Nebula. This is very low down from 
Ireland, but you might like to have a look if you can, as soon after Sunset 
as possible. Observers in the South & SW of Ireland will be best placed.

2. The Autumn 2002 ASGI meeting will be `hosted' by the Departments of 
Information Technology and Experimental Physics at the National University of 
Ireland, Galway, and will take place on Friday the 18th of October in the 
Seminar Room of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, which 
is situated at the north end of the University campus.
   NB: This is a Professional-level meeting, and is not for the average 
amateur. If your parent Club or Society is affiliated to ASGI, and you can 
cope with high level maths & physics, and you would like to attend, notify 
Dr. Aaron Golden, Lecturer, Dept. of I.T., Computational Astrophysics Lab., 
National University of Ireland, Galway, Tel: +353-91-524411 ext. 3549 FAX: 
+353-91-750501, or  agolden@epona.physics.nuigalway.ie
or asgi@epona.physics.nuigalway.ie  
and ask if they can fit you in.

Let me know if you spot the 'nova' - good luck!

Terry Moseley


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