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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 - R Serpentis heading for maximum

The Mira type variable R Serpentis is now readily visible in binoculars as it closes in on its 2015 maximum.

Observations from late June placed it around mag 7.0. Maximum is expected to occur late this month. It is never possible to precisely predict the date of maximum or the peak brightness in advance, but given that the average peak of R Ser is mag 6.9, the chances look very good that this will be exceeded in the course of July.

You can follow the brightness changes of R Serpentis by using this finder chart, which has north at the top:

More information about R Serpentis can be found here

 

Added by: Tracie Heywood