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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 21:20:09 EDT
Subject: Another Nova + Asteroid Moseley

Hi all,

(Sorry I didn't get this out to you sooner: I was away in Dublin giving a 
short talk at the ATS meeting, then stayed over in Dublin & went with them to 
Birr on Monday where we had a great day, including a perfectly clear night, 
with some 'stationary' viewing through the Leviathan. I just got back at 


Discovered by: Katsumi Haseda, Aichi, Japan (IAUC No. 7975); Discovery 
Magnitude: 5.0 photographic (120-mm f/3.5 camera lens and Tri-X film); 
Discovery Date: September 20.431 UT 

POSITION: R.A. (2000): 19h 01m 09s.38
Decl. (2000): -22 deg 00' 05".9 +/- 0".75  

Comparison star magnitudes are on AAVSO Chart(s):  'a' and 'b' scale chart

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Spectra: Fe II-class shortly after maximum (IAUC No. 7975)

It's still around 6th magnitude according to David Moore & others, so observe 
it while you can. Send any observatiuons to me, please, as well as to any 
official organisations.

2. I was absolutely dumbstruck when John McConnell & Mark Bailey announced at 
the opening IAA meeting last Wednesday that asteroid 1994YC2, discovered by 
Dr David Asher of Armagh Observatory at Siding Springs in Australia, has now 
been officially named 16693 Moseley!

But the official International Astronomical Union announcement was only made 
on Saturday, so I couldn't really put anything in writing before then.

I'm extremely honoured, and very appreciative of the fact that the name was 
given by David Asher, whom I know and for whom I have a very high regard. 
Most of you will know him, or of him, through his amazingly accurate 
predictions of the recent Leonid storms (with Rob McNaught).  (IAA members 
can read of his latest prediction in the next STARDUST.) The discoverer of 
the asteroid has the right to choose the name, subject to IAU approval, so 
that means a lot to me - I understand that this was the first one of several 
that David discovered at Siding Springs.

I'm also very grateful to John McConnell (who of course has his own - 9929), 
and to Prof Mark Bailey, and John McFarland, both of Armagh Observatory, who 
all had a hand in the process, and to them and Andy McCrea for keeping it all 
a secret from until the meeting! Also to Brian Marsden at the Minor Planet 
Centre in Harvard, who sent his own personal message too.

I'm still rather overwhelmed by it all, so all I can say is 'a very big 

Terry Moseley

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