Woo Hoo! Possible nova?

Just saw this over on Universe Today:

“According to AAVSO Special Notice #164 just sent, there is a possible nova candidate in Sagittarius. It was discovered by Koichi Nishiyama, Kurume, Fukuoka-ken, Japan, and Fujio Kabashima, Miyaki-cho, Saga-ken, Japan, at unfiltered magnitude 7.7 on two 60-second frames taken Aug. 6.494 and 6.495 UT. They confirmed the discovery on five frames taken around Aug. 6.494.”

Read the full article here.

It’s not a super-nova event, and it’s not clear if it’s galactic or not, but yay. We’re overdue for a galactic event. Maybe this will be the one we’ve been waiting for.

Author: Nick Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...