New, bright nova in Sco - PNV J17261813-3809354

American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Sun, 02/11/2024 - 03:17

A bright (magnitude 7.3 unfiltered) nova in Sco - PNV J17261813-3809354 - has been discovered by Andrew Pearce (Nedlands, W. Australia) (2024 Feb. 09.8438 UT). It has been confirmed spectroscopically as a classical galactic nova.

Please see the IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams Transient Object Confirmation Page (TOCP) for this object:

An independent discovery by Y. Sakurai (Mito, Japan) is also reported there. Additional observations reported there indicate that the nova is continuing to brighten.

The Astronomer's Telegram (ATel) #16440 gives the spectroscopic confirmation:

The nova has been submitted to VSX, and the AAVSO Sequence Team will be selecting comparison stars as soon as possible, after which finder charts with comp stars can be made using the AAVSO Variable Star Plotter (VSP).

We'll post here (and in the thread in the Novae forum) when the sequence has been added and charts can be created.

Good observing,

Elizabeth Waagen, AAVSO HQ

American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
sequence done

Sequence produced using Tycho but VSP not currently plotting it, whether by position, name or VSX ID.

Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSAU)

Just confirming that I still can't currently create a chart via VSP using designations PNV J17261813-3809354 or N Sco 2024. Nor can sequence info be accessed via the VSP API.

From VSP:


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American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
V1723 Sco = N Sco 2024 - Alert Notice 849

AAVSO Alert Notice 849 reports on V1723 Sco = N Sco 2024 = PNV . Please see the notice for details and observing instructions.

Charts with comparison stars may now be plotted using VSP.

There are threads for this nova under the following AAVSO forums:

- Time Sensitive Alerts:
- Novae:

Please subscribe to these threads if you are observing the nova so you can be updated. Join in the discussion or ask questions there!

Many thanks, and Good observing,

Elizabeth O. Waagen, AAVSO HQ