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IAUC 7308: (216); V1333 Aql; N SMC 1999 No. 4; 10P

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                                                  Circular No. 7308
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     F. Marchis, European Southern Observatory (ESO), La Silla, in
collaboration with D. Hestroffer, A. Cellino, P. Tanga, and V.
Zappala, reports on the direct-imaging observation of (216)
Kleopatra, and evidence of the bifurcated shape of this main-belt
asteroid:  "Observations were done on Oct. 25.27-25.31 UT with the
adaptive optics system ADONIS on the 3.6-m reflector at La Silla in
the K_s band (2.15 microns).  The observations, which were
performed under excellent seeing (0".5), seem to rule out wrong
(spin) pole solutions and show a double source with two distinct
lobes of similar size (flux ratio is about 0.8) and a separation
estimated to be 0".125.  Details can be found at

     S. A. Ilovaisky and C. Chevalier, Observatoire de Haute-
Provence, write:  "Observations of V1333 Aql, which includes the
optical counterpart of the Aquila X-1 x-ray transient, obtained
with the 1.2-m Haute-Provence telescope on Nov. 3-9 UT, reveal that
the source apparently returned to its quiescent state sometime
between Nov. 8.8 and 9.8 UT.  The 6-month duration of this latest
outburst (turn-on was reported on May 8; cf. IAUC 7161) is one of
the longest observed since the 1990 and 1991 events (IAUC 5281 and

     D. L. Welch, McMaster University, writes that the MACHO
collaboration (cf. IAUC 6312) has discovered an apparent nova in
the Small Magellanic Cloud.  Located at R.A. = 0h48m51s.7, Decl. =
-72o30'15" (equinox 2000.0), the nova peaked in brightness some
time between July 27 and Aug. 3 UT.  The last point before eruption
was taken on July 27.679, when the object was fainter than V = 19.5.
The next observation, on Aug. 3.667, indicates that the nova had
brightened by at least 6.5 mag and had saturated the CCD in both V
and R.  The most recent observation, on Nov. 17.471, shows the nova
to be at V = 17.0.

     Visual m_1 estimates by A. Pearce, Nedlands, W. Australia
(0.41-m reflector):  Sept. 12.53 UT, 10.6; 29.53, 10.8; Oct.
10.58, 10.9; 26.51, 11.3; Nov. 1.53, 11.5; 9.53, 12.2.

                      (C) Copyright 1999 CBAT
1999 November 13               (7308)            Daniel W. E. Green

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