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Star light, star bright 21 August 2013

Posted by theensign in Uncategorized.

You may get a chance to spot an unusual event in tonight’s sky, a nova. An otherwise obscure star in the constellation Delphinus has gone nova and grown brighter by a factor of 50,000. If you have clear, dark skies you may be able to see it for yourself. After the sky grows dark this evening, look high in the east about 3 1/2  fist-widths above the full moon. The star is 1 1/2 fist-widths to the left or lower left of Altair and 3 fist-widths to the lower right of Deneb, two of the stars of the Summer Triangle.
Binoculars will most likely be needed.

The nova was first reported on 14 Aug. by amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki of Yamagata Japan. For more information visit http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outthere/2013/08/19/watch-a-nearby-nova-explosion-with-your-own-eyes-tonight#.UhTun387v0w.

–Arnold Medalen


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