[AZ-Observing] Comet 144P/Kushida

  • From: Jeremy Perez <jeremy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 01:25:43 -0700

Comet 144P/Kushida is riding high in Taurus now, but the moon is  
sneaking up on it. I observed it over the last couple nights and  
found it sliding past a linear arrangement of four stars. It appeared  
as a soft, evenly round disc with a degree of condensation of about  
3. On Thursday night Jan 1/2, it was difficult to analyze for  
symmetry, since the core was resting within a few arc seconds of a  
13th magnitude star. At that time, its diameter appeared to be about  
3 to 4 arc minutes. I observed it again 2 hours and 15 minutes later  
that night and noticed eastward movement of about 1.5 arc minutes.

Tonight, Jan 2/3, it had moved about 15 arc minutes to the east- 
southeast. The moon was brighter, and the coma appeared a bit smaller  
as a result, but it was still symmetrical. It should still be  
fluorescing at 8th or 9th magnitude toward the end of the month as  
the moon swings back out of the way. Give it a look if you have the  

The sketch and additional details can be found here:

Clear skies,
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