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Tuesday, February 13, 2024


"Bright" Nova in Scorpius, 13 Feb 2024

Black and white printable Spotters map for the Nova in Scorpius, at 5:14 ACDST (90 minutes before sunrise). Similar views will be seen in the rest of Australia at 90 minutes before sunrise. The Nova is in the "sting" of Scorpius, close to Lambda Sco. Click to embiggen and print.
Black and white printable binocular map for the Nova in Scorpius, use the spotter map to locate the general area then use this map for detailed location. The Nova is in the "sting" of Scorpius, close to l Scorpii and u Scorpii. Click to embiggen and print.

A bright Nova has been reported in Scorpius.PNV J17261813-3809354 was discovered by Andrew Pearce (Nedlands, W. Australia) on 2024 Feb. 09.8438 UT. It has been confirmed spectroscopically as a classical galactic nova. The nova is currently magnitude 6.4, just below unaided eye visibility, but easily seen in binoculars, see http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/unconf/followups/J17261813-3809354.html for the details. You can get printable magnitude comparison charts at the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter https://app.aavso.org/vsp/

You will have to get up early in the morning to see it though. It doesn't rise until 1 am. 


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