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Thursday, May 14, 2009


Comet C/2008 Q3 Garrad in Binoculars

The Southern sky in Australia at 10:30 pm, local time.

Comet C/2008 Q3 Garrad is in outburst. It should be about magnitude 13, but is currently magnitude 7.6, easily in binocular reach (although best under dark skies). You will have to look for the comet before moonrise.

The comet is moving quickly, and is in some beautiful territory. The click on the spotters map on the left to embiggen and print. A binocular map is here in PDF format.

Orbital elements and an ephemeris can be found here.

And here's an IceInSpace thread.

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