May 31, 2020

AstroEvent: Scouting out a Dusk Comet.

Discovery image of 2012 F1 (LINEAR)

(Credit: the Remanzacco Observatory).

2012 S1 (ISON)2011 L4 PanSTARRS… 2013 is already ramping up to be a great year for astronomy, with the promise of no less than two bright comets. This year came in with the surprise survival of Comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy past the Sun and saw two decent binocular comets in Garradd C/2009 P1 and a surprise outburst recently of Comet 168P/Hergenrother last month. These icy visitors are fickle beasts, and any comet that rises above +10 magnitude officially piques our interest.

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Astro-Event: On the Path of Comet Garradd.

We had great skies at our recent local Star Party this past weekend. Hot on the heels of the NecronomiCon, we zipped out to the relative darkness that is Starkey Park in Pasco county and set up for what turned out to be our third star party in 24 hours. Amidst Jupiter approaching opposition, a final ROSAT pass, and various deep sky wonders was a special treat; comet 2009 P1 Garradd lying at +7.9 magnitude on the Ophiuchus/Hercules border. [Read more...]