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ASTEROID (654) ZELINDA

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Discovered by Kopff in 1908; diameter 80 miles, distance 125 ml miles. Est mag 11.8. Nov 1 2018, 2342 UT. With (a) mag 7.9 HIP 3740 in Andromeda and, (c), Comet 64/P Swift-Gehrels. [asteroid total: 38]

T CORONAE BOREALIS

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Recurrent nova discovered by Irish astronomer John Birmingham from Millbrook, County Galway on May 12 1866, when it reached second magnitude. Erupted again in 1946 attaining third magnitude. Imaged here (crosshairs) at est mag 9.6, slightly above normal;  Sep 18 2019, 2149 UT. With (e) mag 4.2 epsilon CrB. Expectations of a further outburst caused by the funnelling of material between the red giant and white dwarf components are confidently entertained circa 2026. GAIA-corrected distance of 2700 LY.

14 DAY 2 HOUR MOON…

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… still 36 hours short of Full Moon status. Dec 9 2019, 1709 UT.

CYGNUS DWARF NOVA

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Discovered on Jul 12 2019; a 17th mag cataclysmic variable outbursting to a max of ~8.5; fading and brightening over subsequent months. Catalogued as TCP J21040470+4631129 at an estimated distance of 355 LY. Dwarf novae differ from other nova subcategories in that they result from the release of gravitational energy in the disk, and show no spectroscopically-detectable shell of ejected matter.  Seen here (crosshairs) at est mag 11.3 on Dec 16 2019, 2043 UT. With (a) mag 5.4 60 Cyg.

RETURN OF THE LIMERICK METEORITE

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Dec 5 2019; 75,326 days after its fall at location 52.6 -8.74, the main mass of the 1813 Limerick meteorite is displayed at 52.65 -8.68, 8.12km distant. Weighing 27 kilos, the meteorite is still the largest witnessed fall in the history of the British Isles.

SOLAR SYSTEM SYMMETRY

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From left – Saturn, Moon, Venus Jupiter; Nov 29 2019, 1656 UT. Below: Close-up; Saturn with 3 day 2 hour moon

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Above – Venus, left and Jupiter (visible in binoculars). Venus – 135 million miles distant; Jupiter 570 million; Saturn 1.001 billion.

Venus Saturn Conjunction

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Above – Dec 9 2019, 1737 UT; (300mm lens) mag -3.4 Venus 2½ degrees SW of mag 0.8 Saturn (S) in Sagittarius. With (H) mag 5.6 HIP 95077, mag 5.5 Chi3 Sgr (χ3) and mag 5 Chi1 Sgr (χ1). Venus – 130 million miles distant; Saturn 1.009 billion. Below – Dec 11; day of closest approach: 1.8 degrees.

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