SETI OT: New Super Nova in Sagittarius

Bob Cutter (
Fri, 17 Sep 1999 08:20:06 -0600

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>Subject: OT: New Super Nova in Sagittarius
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>A couple of our staff astronomers at the NRAO Radio Telescope, have just
>discovered a nova in the constellation of Sagittarius (Sgr) that last
>night was emitting strong (.25Jy) radio, x-ray and gamma rays from the
>source GM Sgr at 18h 19m, -25deg. 24min (2000 epoch). It is not yet known
>if an optical brightness is or will be associated with this event. But if
>you live in a dark area and have a telescope, it might be worth keeping an
>eye on over the next few evenings in the event it goes optical. Of course
>it could become visable to the naked eye if strong enough.
>Look due south early evening (sundown to midnight).
>Find the half-moon.
>It is about half way between the constellations of Sagittarius (on the
>left or south-east) and Scorpius (to the right or south-west).
>Scorpius (or Scorpio) looks like a giant fish hook to the right of the
>moon. The bright star towards the top is Antares, and just above that
>right now is MARS.
>Sagittarius is to the left of the moon, and the bright stars looks like a
>tea kettle with the handle to the left and the spout to the right. The
>milky way appears to come out of the spout as if steam. At the top of the
>"kettle" is a star that forms the lid. This GM Sgr nova is located about
>half way from the lid star to the spout star. There are no bright stars
>in this region, just millions of weak ones from the milky way. For you
>amateur astronomers, GM Sgr is a bit south of M8.
>There may be a press release on this issued tomorrow by the observatory,
>which I will forward to qrp-l for those interested. There has not been a
>good visable nova in our skies for many, many years (a lifetime for most
>of us). It is not known if this will become a visable nova yet. But a
>good excuse to gaze at the stars or dust off your scope if you have one.
>GL, Paul NA5N

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