Nova Cas 2021 spectrum evolution to Apr 3

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Hugh Allen

In my Alpy 600 spectroscope, the evolution of the spectrum of Nova Cas 2021 is really quite gentle over the last couple of weeks. According to Vmag data from the AAVSO databse, the visual magnitude has also changed only slightly over this time so I’ve made my comparisons in relative flux. The P Cygni profiles on the emission lines remain very strong. Apart from the forest of strong neutral Helium emission lines (HeI) and the hydrogen Balmer lines, I’m also suggesting the presence of two strong pairs of silicon emission lines and even some weaker nitrogen NII lines.