Variable Stars - GW Lib
Type WZ Sagittae type subclass of UGSU dwarf novae Click for lightcurve WZ Sagittae type subclass of UGSU dwarf novae in which the interval between super- outbursts is unusually long (that is due to a very low mass-transfer rate), measured in decades, while normal outbursts are few and far between. They show re-brightenings. Orbital periods range from 0.05 to 0.08 d. AAVSO Alert 351-4/471: September 20, 2012  Drs. Boris Gaensicke (Warwick University), Joseph Patterson (Columbia University, Center for Backyard Astrophysics), and Arne Henden (AAVSO), on behalf of a consortium of 16 astronomers, have requested the help of AAVSO observers in monitoring the ~40 cataclysmic variables in the table below in support of Hubble Space Telescope observations in the coming months. The HST COS (Cosmic Origins Spectrograph) will be carrying out far-ultraviolet spectroscopy of ~40 CVs sequentially, with the aim to measure the temperatures, atmospheric compositions, rotation rates, and eventually masses of their white dwarfs. The primary purpose of the monitoring is to know whether each target is in quiescence immediately prior to the observation window; if it is in outburst it will be too bright for the HST instrumentation. Based on the information supplied by the AAVSO the HST scheduling team will make the decision (usually) the evening before the scheduled observing time as to whether to go forward with the HST observations. Alert Notice 591: GW Lib observations requested in support of K2 and HST observations August 7, 2017: Dr. Boris Gaensicke (Warwick University) has requested our help in monitoring the pulsating white dwarf-containing cataclysmic variable GW Lib in preparation for and support of K2 (Kepler's Second Light) and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations scheduled for August to November 2017 and August and September 2017, respectively. K2 will be observing GW Lib non-stop 2017 Aug 23 20:00:00 to 2017 Nov 19 23:00:00 UTC. HST will be observing GW Lib three times in August and September, likely on August 31, September 5, and September 10. When the exact HST times are known, observers will be updated. GW Lib has been the target of numerous campaigns by Dr. Gaensicke, Dr. Paula Szkody, and other researchers (see AAVSO Alert Notices 513, 433, and 417 for examples). For the HST observations, AAVSO observations are essential to know the state of the system in order to ensure that the object is NOT in outburst when observed with HST. AAVSO observations made 24-30 hours before each HST observing time will be used to make a go/no-go decision, and will also be used in the analysis of the resulting data. For the K2 observations, AAVSO observations are needed in analyzing the satellite data. Dr. Gaensicke requests nightly monitoring of this object beginning now, intensive monitoring August 28-September 1, September 3-6, and September 8-11, and then nightly observations again through 2017 September 17. The windows of intensive observations may change slightly when the exact HST times are known. This target is increasingly challenging at this time of year, and your efforts are truly appreciated and are crucial to the HST observations. GW Lib is faint at quiescence, magnitude ~16.8 visual/unfiltered. If visual observers are unable to detect GW Lib, please report any "fainter-than" estimates using the magnitude of the faintest comparison star magnitude seen. CCD observers are asked to use filters during observations if available; V filter is preferred, but B, Rc, and Ic may also be used. Detection of the variable itself is not required unless you can reach V=16.8 in reasonable time, but please use sufficient exposure to detect at least the V=143 comparison star (RA 15:19:39.54 Dec. -25:00:31.8) or V=147 (RA 15:20:01.73 Dec. -24:58:37.7) with a S/N of 10 and report the observation as a "fainter-than" observation. GW Lib may be as bright as V=8.2 in outburst. It is very important that a V or visual positive observation (that is, not a fainter-than) is obtained 24-30 hours before each scheduled HST time, if at all possible. Beginning now, please observe this object as often as possible according to the schedule and using the observing procedure outlined above, and submit data as soon as possible to the AAVSO International Database using the name GW LIB. During the nights of intensive observations as indicated above, prompt submission of your observations will be critical. In the event of an outburst, please contact the AAVSO immediately. GW Lib time scheduled for first HST observation: August 24, 2017 Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 591, Dr. Boris Gaensicke (Warwick University) informs us that the first of three HST observations in his campaign on the pulsating white dwarf-containing cataclysmic variable GW Lib has been scheduled for: 2017 Aug 31 20:52:02 to 2017 Sep 1 02:12:21 UTC GW Lib time set for second HST observation: August 31, 2017 Further to AAVSO Alert Notices 591 and 595, Dr. Boris Gaensicke (Warwick University) informs us that the date and time for the second of three HST observations in his campaign on the pulsating white dwarf-containing cataclysmic variable GW Lib has been scheduled for: 2017 Sep 6 22:36:04 to Sep 7 02:49:26 UT.
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