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                                                 Circular No. 6720
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
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     A. C. Becker, D. P. Bennett, N. Butler, B. A. Peterson, S. H.
Rhie, S. E. Thomson, S. E. Turner, and the MACHO collaboration (cf.
IAUC 6312) write:  "We predict a high-magnification for event 97-
BLG-56, a gravitational microlensing event in progress toward the
Galactic Bulge.  The source star, located at R.A. = 17h55m28s.7,
Decl. = -29o33'42" (equinox 2000.0), appears to be a giant with
unamplified magnitudes of V = 16.1, R = 14.8.  The current
microlensing fit predicts a peak amplification of > 5 on 1997 Aug.
24.  Due to the star type and the high magnification of this event,
it is expected that finite source effects such as changes in color
and spectral-line equivalent widths will be observable.
Spectroscopy and infrared photometry at or near peak will be
invaluable in studying this unusual event.  A finding chart and
additional information are available by anonymous ftp at
darkstar.astro.washington.edu:/macho/Alert/97-BLG-56 or on the WWW
at http://darkstar.astro.washington.edu/.  Potential observers are
asked to email gman@mso.anu.edu.au or telephone E. Turner at
(Australia) 6-249-0209 or 6-288-4727 to coordinate observations."

     M. Mikolajewski, Centre for Astronomy, N. Copernicus
University, Torun, reports an increase in brightness since April in
all optical bands: Apr. 26.90 UT, U = 11.26, B = 11.31, V = 9.91, R
= 8.44, I = 7.78; Aug. 16.95, 9.27, 9.99, 9.08, 7.78, 7.27; 17.85,
9.21, 9.95, 9.09, 7.77, 7.27; 18.86, 9.17, 9.94, 9.05, 7.73, 7.21.
     E. Waagen, AAVSO, reports that, after being at minimum for
about 7.5 yr, AG Dra brightened in May-July 1994 (to m_v = 8.3),
then again in June-July 1995 (mag 8.9) and June-July 1996 (mag 9.4).
The current brightening began in late May 1997.  Recent visual
magnitude estimates:  Aug. 1.93 UT, 9.1 (G. Poyner, Birmingham,
England); 5.46, 9.2 (G. Hanson, Cave Creek, AZ); 15.94, 8.8
(Poyner); 17.96, 9.2 (B. Granslo, Fjellhamar, Norway).

     G. J. Garradd, Loomberah, N.S.W., reports the following
precise CCD position for this object (cf. IAUC 5961, 5976),
obtained on Aug. 19.395 UT (mag R = 10.5): R.A. = 18h54m40s.34,
Decl. = -19o41'59".7 (equinox 2000.0).
     Recent AAVSO visual magnitude estimates:  June 28.2 UT, 10.5
(J. Bortle, Stormville, NY); July 13.8, 10.2 (L. A. G. Monard,
Pretoria, South Africa); Aug. 2.8, 10.2 (Monard); 6.8, 10.3
(Monard); 10.8, 10.2 (Monard).

                      (C) Copyright 1997 CBAT
1997 August 20                 (6720)            Daniel W. E. Green

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