eta Carinae brightening

posted: 2989 days ago, on Thursday, 2009 Nov 12 at 00:13
tags: astronomy, deep sky.

From IAU Circular 9094, this intruiging news:

The central star of eta Carinae, lighting up the Homunculus nebula, has recently brightened to V=5.1.

"The star now accounts for half of the total light seen in the Homunculus nebula, compared to less than 10 percent before 1995."

"In view of the central star's 0.6-magnitude brightening since its 2006 peak… unsteadiness in 2007-2008, and 0.5-magnitude increase in mid-2009, eta Car currently merits frequent attention by additional observers."

For recent results and an historical light curve, visit this dedicated La Plata Observatory web page.

nothing more to see. please move along.