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C/2017 E4 – Comet Lovejoy

Sixth discovery by the Australian observer; est mag 7.2, Earth distance 56m miles, perihelion Apr 23; with (b) beta Equ. Mar 31 2017, 0433 IST. [20th observed comet] 

Iridium 19

Flaring past Delphinus to mag -6; Jul 17 2017, 022955 IST.

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Enigmatic object captured during one of its brighter outbursts, rising to est mag 12.2 on Sep 2 2017, 0039 IST. Distance 440m miles. With (a) RX Aqr. [21st observed comet]

Nova Scuti 2017

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Est mag 8.8 as of Sep 14 2017, 2214 IST; an unexpected rebrightening having dimmed below mag 11 in early September. With (a) mag 8.75 HIP 90784. Discovered June 23, maximum brightness mag 8.4 on July 30. Imaged below at mag 10.1 on Aug 10, 0001 IST. [4th observed Nova]

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Asteroid (89) Julia

Julia asteroid 89 14917

Discovered by Stephan in 1866; mag 9 (J), in Pegasus; diameter 95 ml, Earth distance 100m miles. With (a) HIP 111601. Sep 14 2017, 2224 IST. [26th observed asteroid]

C/2017 O1 – Comet ASASSN

Some reports claimed 9th magnitude for this comet, but it did not rise beyond marginal visibility above the background sky level for this observer. Here located 1 arcminute from a 12th mag star; with (a) mag 8.7 HIP 19637 in Taurus. Sep 22 2017, 0004 IST. [22nd observed comet]

Venus-Mars Conjunction 2017

Venus; mag -3.4, distance 140m miles; separated by 21 arcminutes from Mars; mag 2, distance 235m miles. With mag 4.1 sigma Leonis. Oct 5 2017, 0632 IST. Below – through an 8″ SCT.

Asteroid (44) Nysa

Discovered by Goldschmidt in 1857; mag 9.7, in Cetus; diameter 45 ml (conical), Earth distance 120m miles. Nysa is the largest member of the class of high-albedo E-type asteroids. With (a) mag 4.3 Xi 2 Ceti. Nov 12 2017, 2138 UT; 9 days after opposition. [27th observed asteroid]