Discovered on August 14th, at around Magnitude 6.5 in the constellation of Delphinus, this Nova is continuing to brighten. It is currently at Magnitude 4.5 which is similar to the brightness of the stars in the big dipper. Delphinus is visible in the Southeastern sky after dark. Best viewing will be from dark sites after twilight has faded.
The nova will appear like any other star in the sky so will be hard to distinguish from other surrounding stars. Using maps to guide you, locate the diamond shape of the constellation Delphinus and work from there.
Update: The brightness continues to climb and as of 4pm EDT it is at Magnitude 4.4 and is considered to be one of the top 30 brightest nova on record.
Sky and telescpe has some great information.
You can follow a brightness plot at the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) .
Wide area Finder Chart.
Binocular magnitude comparison chart.
We will try to update this as it continues to develop.
Monday, August 5, 2013
8:30pm – 11pm
The forecast calls for clear skies this Monday evening (8:30-11pm), August 5th in central Vermont so the UVLT / Horizons Observatory stargazing event is on! This free event is hosted by Wild Apple Farm in Pomfret (a UVLT conserved property) and led by Horizons Observatory Co-Directors Rob Hanson, Scott Holson, and Paul Otavsky.
If possible, please RSVP for detailed directions and site information. The journey to the observation point is not obvious and slightly adventurous so it is best if we know you are coming. Contact Anna Slack at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-643-6626 x102 to register.
Come explore the night sky with us on this beautiful tucked-away farm. Wild Apple Farm is a 560 acre property located on Wild Apple Road in Pomfret, VT. It is a unique site for stargazing due to its largely unobstructed horizon and lack of light pollution – almost zero!
The highlights of the night sky include the Hercules star cluster, the Ring Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, and Alberio (a lovely blue and yellow binary star system), and the Lagoon/Trifed stellar nurseries. There is a possibility we may catch brilliant Venus and Saturn - the absolute jewel of the sky – before they set below the horizon.
Please arrive by 8:30pm in order to avoid headlights in the viewing area. As well, please note that this event is weather dependent; the skies have to be clear to star gaze! If clouds move in, the event will be postponed.
Sturdy footwear, warm layers (the temperature may drop to the 40s before we’re done), and a sense of adventure are recommended. If you bring a flashlight, please turn it off well below the hilltop – or use red light. One of the reasons we’re trekking so far into the country is to get away from white light – so we don’t want to bring it with us!
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