[meteorite-list] 'New Year's Comet' Lovejoy Reaches Its Peak: Watch for It
From: Mark Langenfeld <lmlangenfeld_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:14:41 -0500 (EST)
-9 degrees F (much colder wind chill) here in Wisconsin, but the seeing is good. I had no difficulty finding and appreciating the comet in 7x50s tonight. Once located, it proved to be a fairly easy naked-eye object as well (at least prior to moonrise). Well worth a few shivers!
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From: "Galactic Stone & Ironworks via Meteorite-list" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
To: "Ron Baalke" <baalke at zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>
Cc: "Meteorite Mailing List" <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 7:29:33 PM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] 'New Year's Comet' Lovejoy Reaches Its Peak: Watch for It
If you have not seen it yet, go outside and take a look. It is quite
easy to find. Under my NELM 5.5 skies, I was able to spot it in under
two minutes using a 15x70mm binocular. The coma is easily visible
right where the finder charts said it would be. It forms the third
point of a triangle extending from Orion on one point and the Hyades
on the other point.
This one resembles a large nebula with an extended diffuse glow with
distinct brightening in one area.
Clear dark skies!
PS - I didn't even wait to get dark adapted - it was that easy to see.
-- ------------------------------------------------------------- Web - http://www.galactic-stone.com Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/galacticstone Twitter - http://twitter.com/galacticstone Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/galacticstone ------------------------------------------------------------- On 1/7/15, Ron Baalke via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote: > > > http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/new-years-comet-lovejoy-reaches-its-peak-watch-it-n281561 > > 'New Year's Comet' Lovejoy Reaches Its Peak: Watch for It > By Alan Boyle > NBC News > January 7, 2015 > > It's prime time for Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2), this month's "It" comet: > Wednesday night marks the comet's closest approach to Earth, at a distance > of 44 million miles (70 million kilometers), and heralds the start of > the best season for viewing. But you have to know where to look. > > "If you can find Orion shining high in the southeast after dinnertime, > you'll be looking in the right direction to track down Comet Lovejoy," > Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty said in a news release. Sky > & Telescope's finder charts should help you spot the comet during the > next couple of weeks, when it's theoretically bright enough to be seen > with the naked eye. > > "Theoretically" is the operative word, because you'll have a better chance > of seeing the fuzzball if you're equipped with binoculars or a telescope. > > [Chart] > This chart shows the view looking southeast during mid-January at about > 8 p.m. local time. Look to the upper right of the distinctive constellation > > Orion to locate Comet Lovejoy. Binoculars will help. > > Photographs reveal a greenish glow to the comet's coma, due to the presence > > of diatomic carbon and cyanogen. There's a faint tail as well, but you're > unlikely to see that kind of detail with the naked eye. > > The comet was discovered last August by Australian amateur astronomer > Terry Lovejoy, who has discovered four earlier comets (some of which also > came to the public's attention as "Comet Lovejoy.") For days, skywatchers > have been posting pictures to Facebook pages and SpaceWeather.com's comet > gallery. AmazingSky.com's Alan Dyer ranks among the most vigilant > comet-watchers. > > For more about the prime-time comet, check out the updated viewing guides > from Space.com, EarthSky.org and Sky & Telescope. Virtual Telescope Project > > 2.0 is planning an online viewing party at 2 p.m. ET Jan. 11. > > If you're hunting for Comet Lovejoy on Wednesday night, take a look at > Jupiter and the moon as well. They should be rising over the eastern horizon > > around 8 p.m. local time. "As the evening wears on, both the moon and > Jupiter will appear to ascend in the sky, side by side," Space.com's Joe > Rao writes. > > ______________________________________________ > > Visit the Archives at http://www.meteorite-list-archives.com > Meteorite-list mailing list > Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com > https://pairlist3.pair.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list > ______________________________________________ Visit the Archives at http://www.meteorite-list-archives.com Meteorite-list mailing list Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com https://pairlist3.pair.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-listReceived on Wed 07 Jan 2015 10:14:41 PM PST