[AZ-Observing] Re: Comet 144P/Kushida

  • From: "Wes Edens" <edensw@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 11:01:50 -0700

Jeremy, beautiful sketch as always.  I think the XT8 is serving you well.
It's all those trips over washboard roads I gave it--and the dust baths!



On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 1:25 AM, Jeremy Perez <jeremy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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
> opportunity.
>
> The sketch and additional details can be found here:
> http://www.perezmedia.net/beltofvenus/archives/001297.html
>
> Clear skies,
> Jeremy
> http://beltofvenus.perezmedia.net
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