August 23, 2017

On the Hunt for Comet C/2012 F6 Lemmon.

Comet Lemmon (arrowed) passes through

the Southern Cross on January 20th.

Photo by Luis Argerich. Used with permission.

Astronomy in 2013 already has one great thing going for it; the potential for several bright comets. While the astro-pundits debate the potential for comets C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS later this Spring and C/2012 S1 ISON later this year, we’d like to turn your attention southward to what could become the first naked eye comet of 2013. [Read more...]

Astro-Event: Will Comet McNaught Perform?

The Path of Comet McNaught through the 1st half of June. (Created by the Author in Starry Night & Paint).

The Path of Comet McNaught through the 1st half of June. (Created by the Author in Starry Night & Paint).

 

   During the month of June, keep your eye out for a pre-dawn visitor that may be the naked eye comet of the year. Comet McNaught C/2009 R1 starts the month out June 1st at about +8 magnitude near the star Beta Andromedae, and through the course of the month, skirts the constellations of Andromeda, Perseus, and Auriga. Views will get better starting June 4th, as the Moon passes Last Quarter on its way to New June 12th. The daily apparent motion of the comet will cause it to move semi-parallel to the horizon, never straying above 20° degrees elevation for mid-northern latitude observers about an hour before sunrise. [Read more...]