last May 22, we had a very unusual sighting in the southern skies, the outburst
of a very bright nova in the constellation of Vela, not so far from the popular
unique object h
Carinae and also close to the Southern Cross. The nova named V382 Vel has
reached up to magnitude 2.5 on May 22 being the brightest nova since Nova Puppis
1942, in the southern skies.
hemisphere observers quickly detected the rapid increase of brightness. The
Variable Star Section of the Latin American Astronomical League (LIADA) and
Brazilian Observational Network REA from Brazil started a campaign, during the
last 10 days of May and June, that allowed to cover all the development of the
change in brightness.
total number of observations for this paper was 591 from 44 observers and we
have computed 61
daily means for measure the statistical quality of the data, during the main
observing window for the star during 1999.
results of this campaign we obtained a light curve with a standard error lesser
than 0.05 magnitudes and two photographs taken before the discovery of the