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COMET WIRTANEN 46P - One To Keep an Eye On

Discussion in 'Celestial Events' started by Dave In Vermont, Oct 15, 2018.

COMET WIRTANEN 46P - One To Keep an Eye On

Started by Dave In Vermont on Oct 15, 2018 at 11:37 AM

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  1. Dave In Vermont

    Dave In Vermont Well-Known Member

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    I just received a notice from Doc Clay at the ASO (link below) about Comet Wirtanen 46P and it looked like it may turn out to be like a new Hale-Bopp. Operative Word: 'may.'

    So it bears keeping an eye peeled for any updates from any sources that you know and trust. No Flat Earther's please! :p And please feel free to pass them onto this thread. Doc Clay and his ASO is one that I do. I encourage you to aquaint yourself with this outfit:

    http://arksky.org/

    And please have a read of this Pdf:

    COMET WIRTANEN 46P.pdf

    Eye's to the Skies!

    Dave
     

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    Hello Again!

    The following link will take you to The Sky in the UK. Here you can enter your information and object you wish to find, such as C/46P Wirtanen (or similar) and your location - Latitude & Longitude - and name of where you are on Earth. I used a city name and state in the USA. Whatever. This will get you the map of the objects current location, etc. Link:

    https://theskylive.com/46p-info

    Enjoy!

    Dave
     
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    Most likely just hype.
    I never get amped up by this stuff.
    I think the next big one will be a new one.
     
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    Normally I'd ignore it, too. But if Doc Clay gets behind it - it very much bears watching. He's not one to sound the 'clarion call' unless he's got good reason.

    D.
     
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    Let's keep our fingers crossed.
    Would love to have a nice comet to help with getting through winter
     
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    Agreed!
     
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    The flat Earthers phoned. They can't see the comet as they've all fallen off the edge.

    Screenshot 2018-10-21 at 20.45.50.png

    I know how they feel. It's near extinction for me at the moment.
     
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    I'm not going to try - YET.
     
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    I think it approaches the zenith around April.
     
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    Seiichi has it at 9.6 now
     
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    I think it is now turning north
     
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    I just seen those amazing photos on SpaceWeather.com of 46P.
    Its looking like Saturday night might be clear enough for me.
     
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    A lot of people are seeing it.
    In binoculars, scopes and I have heard a few naked eye.
    Going to try this weekend from my home.
     
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    Looks like I might have a few good viewing nights coming up finally :rolleyes:
    The comet is on the top of my list. Wish I could take a photo of it.
     
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    I have observed it in binoculars and a telescope. Pretty easy to find on the last 2 nights.

    -Rob
     
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    I have seen it with binoculars and telescope recently. Under good skies with averted vision also, unfortunate that it probably will not become bright enough to see naked eye.
     
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    I got my hopes up last night. When the sun set the sky was clear but the clouds moved in right before it got into position. I may never get to see this comet :(
     
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    Keep trying there is still time :)
     
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    The closest is suppose to be tomorrow.
     
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    Just saw it tonight (Thursday night) naked eye from my astroclub's dark site. It practically formed an equilateral triangle with Aldebaran and the Pleiades. Just a tiny little fuzzball, but it was definitely there. I also saw 70 Geminids in one hour, from 10:20 to 11:20, before it got too friggin' cold.
     

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