November 19, 2007

New Nova Found in Puppis

From Sky & Telescopes Observing Blog:

Nova Puppis 2007 can be found about 1° northeast of RS Puppis, a Cepheid variable star. The nova's 2000.0 coordinates are right ascension 8h 16.3m, declination –34° 15′. Its type is not yet known, nor whether it is still brightening or beginning to fade.

Looks like there's a new nova in town! Enjoy looking for this one; it's visible with binoculars. From what I hear, this is a rare helium nova.