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2010-Jan-18, 01:26 AM
From Universe Today (http://www.universetoday.com/2010/01/17/observing-alert-possible-nova-in-ophichus/)

Are you ready for some excitement that won't take an observatory telescope to spot? Then get out your binoculars, because according to CBET 2128 there's a new object showing its stuff off in the constellation Ophiuchus…

Released by A. Henden in AAVSO Special Notice #187: "CBET 2128 indicates that Hideo Nishimura has discovered a new outbursting object in Ophiuchus. This object has magnitude 8.4 on Jan 15.857UT, and is located at RA 17:39:40.94 DEC -21:39:47.9 J2000. No spectra have been reported, but K. Kadota has inspected the 1997 DSS red plate and finds no object at this position, with a limiting magnitude of 20. This object has now been added to VSX. You may submit observations as N Oph 2010, VSX J173940.9-213947, or with AUID 000-BJS-899. Note that there is a 10.3 magnitude irregular variable a few arcmin west of this position, so do not use it as a comparison star."

Nick Theodorakis
2010-Jan-18, 01:28 AM
Toseeked (http://www.bautforum.com/universe-today-story-comments/99523-observing-alert-possible-nova-ophichus.html).


2010-Jan-18, 01:30 AM
Toseeked (http://www.bautforum.com/universe-today-story-comments/99523-observing-alert-possible-nova-ophichus.html).

That's where I spotted it. I thought it worthy of posting here, as in case anyone doesn't keep up with UT and its comment threads.

You still get the ToSeeked points though. ;)

2010-Jan-23, 10:43 PM
That's my starsign. But I never get to see it.

2010-Jan-25, 02:57 AM
Ophiuchus is your sign? I wasn't aware that was a sign.

Tobin Dax
2010-Jan-25, 03:22 AM
Ophiuchus is the red-headed stepchild of the constellations which lie on the ecliptic.

2010-Jan-25, 04:20 PM
Specifically, it's the only constellation that's crossed by the ecliptic (according to the IAU constellation list and borders) but isn't included in the traditional zodiac.

2010-Jan-25, 08:59 PM
I live in San Francisco. ~38 degrees north. Where do I look?