Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Bright, Unaided Eye Nova in Sagittarius
While I was out of commission with colds/flu's two nova exploded in Sagittarius, both near the teapot of Sagittarius. One, PNV J18205200-2822100,has been slowly increasing in brightness and has now broken the unaided eye brightness threshold of magnitude 6.0, with the latest report from New Zealand of 5.4 (clouded out here at the moment). PNV J18205200-2822100 (hereafter Nova Sag 2016) is in the "teapot" of Sagittarius between Kaus Borealis (lambda Sagittarii and Kaus Media (delta Sagittarii) and should be fairly easy to pick up.
Unaided eye nova are not common, so it is well worth going out and having a look, although the waxing Moon may interfere a bit.
TCP J18102829-2729590 (Nov Sag 2 2016) Currently magnitude 9 and only visible in telescopes. Click to embiggen and print.