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#1 DHEB

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 03:05 AM

Mira (omi Cet) is brightening and has already passed magnitude 7. It will soon reach naked eye visibility on the way to its maximum later this year. It is still a bit early in the season for this star (culminates in the early hours of morning)  but can be caught already around midnight if one has a good view to the east.

 

Do not miss the opportunity to observe this wonderful star and follow its variations on this fast-going upward part of its cycle!

 

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#2 Jim Davis

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:47 AM

A few years ago we were out observing and a friend of mine wanted to see it. I said we could look, but it is normally pretty faint. I looked up, and there it was obvious to the naked eye. I didn't realize we were right at a maximum.


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#3 Edward E

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 01:26 PM

I saw Mira last night.  It is naked eye at 3 to 3.25 mag.  I had to pull out the star chart and make sure I was looking at the right part of the sky.  I was not expecting to see Mira until late November; a very nice surprise!  Mira may put on a spectacular show this year.


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Posted 29 September 2019 - 02:56 PM

I saw Mira last night.  It is naked eye at 3 to 3.25 mag.  I had to pull out the star chart and make sure I was looking at the right part of the sky.  I was not expecting to see Mira until late November; a very nice surprise!  Mira may put on a spectacular show this year.

Yes. It just sky rocketed in so few days. I was surprised that Mira did it so early in the year.

 

One may think Miras are boring but they are less regular than we think.


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#5 Edward E

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 09:36 AM

I looked at the latest AAVSO  light curve for Mira this morning.  Observers have it bouncing between 2.0 to 3.1 mag visual.  I have not seen Mira since my last post.  By the time it crosses the meridian I am sound asleep.  I will try to have a look at Mira this Friday or Saturday night.




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