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Friday, August 27, 2010

 

Comet 2P/Encke meets the Sombreo Galaxy

Comet Encke as seen (or rather not seen with the unaided eye) from Adelaide on the evening of 30th August, at 19:30 ACST. Similar views will be seen at equivalent local times elsewhere in Australia.

Comet 2P/Encke has now faded below binocular reach. However, for those of you with telescopes, on Monday August 30th Comet Encke will be under a degree from the Sombreo Galaxy.

The comet will be reasonably high, around 16 degrees, from the horizon when astronomical twilight sets in, but with the separtaion so wide, you will need something like a 20mm objective to get both the comet and the galaxy within the same filed of view. they won't be spectacular, but interesting all the same.

Encke and the Sombreo galaxy as they might appear in a 6" scope with a 20 mm eyepiece.

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