Monday, February 19, 2007

2007 February 19 nova photo

A Nova is a star that exhausts its hydrogen fuel supply in its inner depths, begins to "feed on it self" creating higher density elements and finally exploded with the energy of millions of suns. This transformation actually created other elements, spews gas and more into outer space and sometimes destroys what is near by. It also creates a brilliant star like object many more times brighter then the magnitude of the star before. Here is the latest about a bright nova in the dawn sky which you can see now.

2007 February 19
Astronomy Picture of the Day
peaked at magnitude 3.9 on Friday the 16th.

AAVSO Special Notice #33
V1280 Scorpii = Nova Scorpii 2007
(February 7, 2007)
IAUC 8803 announces a new nova in Scorpius, independently discovered by Y. Nakamura and Y. Sakurai. The position is 16:57:40.91 -32:20:36.4 J2000 and the unfiltered magnitude is about 8.3 (T. Krajci, 2007-02-06). Spectra indicate blue color, no emission blueward of 540nm, but Halpha emission with P-Cyg profile. Report observations to the AAVSO as: 9999+99 V1280 Sco. Please be sure to indicate what you used for comparison stars. Thank you for your astronomical efforts and contributions! This special notice was compiled by: Arne A. Henden

finder chart
before dawn in scorpio

Dr. Eric Flescher (, Olathe, KS: E.O.A.S. (Earth, Oceans, Atmosphere and Space) Blog -<

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