Nova Delphinus 2013 bouncing back?

Sep 8

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9/8/2013 8:15 PM  RssIcon

The AAVSO indicated not long after Nova Del 2013 first popped into view that it might be a slow-burner, and be visible for a while. At the time, they said this:

...it appears Nova Del 2013 is a 'slow nova', type NB in VSX. By definition, it takes 150 days or more for a slow nova to fade by 3 magnitudes. 

Now, what wound up happening was it zoomed up to about magnitude 4.3, then calmed back down into the 7th magnitude range after a couple of weeks. But look at what it's done over the last few days. It's sort of... sitting there, in that 7th magnitude range. 

Since, well - for about the last week. And in the last day or three, it's even bounced back by perhaps half a magnitude! This nova may indeed be a surprising one, and that 3 magnitude fade just well be a long, slow fade now. And binocular visible? Easily. Check out the August 19 thru Aug 25 (2013) Eyes on the Sky video for information on how you can easily find this nova in a few simple star hops.

Check the progress of the Nova Del 2013's magnitude over time here at the AAVSO site.

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