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Nova Delphini 2013

There’s a nova in Delphinus.

From Astro Bob

Earlier today Japanese amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki photographed a new bright nova in the constellation Delphinus (del-FYE-nuss). At the time it was a little below the naked eye limit (6.8 magnitude) but it’s since risen to around 6. That means observers with dark skies can see our new guest without optical aid. And if you don’t have dark skies, don’t worry. You’ll spot the star in any pair of binoculars.

From CBAT announcements

2013 08 14.952 Photometry: B=6.72, V=6.66, R=6.32, B-V=+0.06 (a Hipparcos reference star), remotely using 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD (RAS observatory, Nerpio, Spain, I89). Observer T. Yusa, Osaki, Japan.

In the Update from Universe Today:

Since showing itself on August 14, 2013, a bright nova in the constellation Delphinus — now officially named Nova Delphini 2013 — has brightened even more. As of this writing, the nova is at magnitude 4.4 to 4.5, meaning that for the first time in years, there is a nova visible to the naked eye — if you have a dark enough sky. Even better, use binoculars or a telescope to see this “new star” in the sky.