November 12, 2019

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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