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Unintentional Two-Year Observation of Nova ASASSN-18fv

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#1 BQ Octantis

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 05:21 AM

G'day observers,

 

I was compiling my tome of data spanning 3 years on the Carina Nebula last night. To my amazement, I found a bright new star a year into the data at RA 10h36m15s DEC -59˚35'54". A quick Simbad check showed I had inadvertently captured nova ASASSN-18fv at three points at almost yearly intervals:

 

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I didn't find any observation reports on it beyond shortly after it was first discovered (not that I searched very hard), but as of last month (two years after it appeared ex nihilo) it's still burning brightly…

 

Cheers,

 

BQ


Edited by BQ Octantis, 01 April 2020 - 02:29 AM.

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#2 ChrisWhite

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 05:40 AM

What a great observation!  Thanks for sharing. 



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 06:18 AM

Nice, unintentional catch.



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:00 AM

Love this!!

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:17 AM

That's so cool. cool.gif waytogo.gif



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Posted 01 April 2020 - 12:34 AM

Thanks to all for the feedback and likes!

 

I found a Wikipedia entry for the event under V906 Carinae. Per the article, the predecessor star was of magnitude 20.1—so even now it's thousands of times brighter than when it started!

 

BQ


Edited by BQ Octantis, 01 April 2020 - 02:30 AM.



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