[AZ-Observing] Re: New Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)

  • From: Tom Polakis <tpolakis@xxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:01:18 -0400

I just ran the simulation on SkySafari.  The comet will be right in front of 
the center of the Beehive cluster near the zenith at dawn on Saturday, November 
9.  Hopefully the astroimagers who still remain on this list will be interested 
in imaging the comet and M44.  It will pass very near M51 on the morning of 
Friday, November 29, and still halfway to the zenith at dawn.  Early 
predictions have it peaking at around 8th magnitude, so a tail should be 
visible in a mid-sized scope.  It will dip toward the sun during December, but 
it won't plunge into the twilight.  Rather, it will turn back upward in the 
eastern pre-dawn sky while it fades early next year.

The MPEC site shows orbital elements based on three days of observations that 
should be close.


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