T Pyxidis

Tiny points of light, with a magic all their own.
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Christopher K.
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T Pyxidis

Post by Christopher K. » April 22nd, 2011, 10:01 pm

Brad Schaefer of LSU is asking the AAVSO for assistance in observing the current eruption of nova T Pyxidis. Observations can be made until the end of July when the star will be too close to the Sun.

T Pyx is one of ten known recurrent novae in the Milky Way. Its last eruptions were in 1890, 1902, 1920, 1944, and 1967. Its current outburst was first noticed on 14 April by M. Linnolt in Hawaii.

A classical nova is a type of event characterized by a very fast brightening up to one thousand times the usual magnitude. The event takes place in the exchange between a white dwarf and its neighbor.

More information:
http://www.aavso.org/campaign-monitor-r ... 1-eruption

About novae:
http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/N/nova.html

Christopher K.
Posts: 4562
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: T Pyxidis

Post by Christopher K. » April 26th, 2018, 12:06 pm

Stars like T Pyx and others often have their own personalities--definity their own biographies. How are stars created throughout the Milky Way and in other galaxies? At the next public meeting of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, member James Gutierrez will discuss the mechanisms that transform massive clouds of dust and gas into the natural nuclear reactors we all know and love. The meeting is on Monday 14 May at HRPO. It starts at 7pm and the talk is suggested for ages fourteen and older.

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