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Observations of Nova Aquilæ in India


IN NATURE of June 13 I note that the earliest observation of Nova Aquilæ in England was made by Miss Grace Cook at 9.30 G.M.T. on June 8, and the magnitude was estimated as equal to Altair. In India the star was seen and recognised as a nova about five hours earlier by Mr. G. N. Bower in Madras, who has sent me his original notes made at 10 p.m. Indian Standard Time on June 8 (corresponding with 4.30 p.m. G.M.T.). Mr. Bower was occupied in pointing out the principal stars and constellations to a friend, and identifying them with the aid of Mrs. Evershed's “Guide to the Southern Stars.” Turning to the eastern sky, he at once saw a star on the borders of Aquila and Serpens which he could not place. It appeared to be as bright as Altair, or possibly brighter, but not so bright or white as Vega. Altair was, however, unfavourably placed for the comparison.

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EVERSHED, J. Observations of Nova Aquilæ in India. Nature 102, 105–106 (1918).

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