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Friday, May 02, 2008

 

Comet 2007/W1 Boattini

Comet 2007 W1 Boattini is a recently discovered comet that will become visible to the unaided eye in June (It will only reach magnitude 5, so it won't be another McMaught). During May the comet becomes visible in binoculars, but there are reports already from the northern hemisphere that it is visible in binoculars. I tried laast night, and thought I saw it (although the sky conditions were quite poor), in my Christmas 10x50 binoculars. I will have to look again tonight to confirm it.

The comet is high in the sky and should be very easily visible. A printable spotters map is here. Another set of maps is at Heavens Above. There is a nice image of Boattini from Francois Kugel here.

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