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Monday, June 13, 2011

 

Comet 2009 P1 Garrad, June 10

Comet C/2009 P1 imaged on June 10 with GRAS-05. Image 3x120 second exposures stacked with ImageJ (click to embiggen).

While many of the general public are focused on comet Eleinin, there is another relatively bright comet in the sky.

Comet C/2009 P1 Garrad is already magnitude 10, and is heading for magnitude 6, possibly 5. It will make a very nice binocular comet from September this year to May 2012.

In the image you can already see a small, fan shaped tail, and this comet will be very interesting to follow over the coming months. Another good image of the comet is here.

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The International Visual Observations of Comets (I.V.O.C.) also has a magnitude plot for C/2009 P1 (Garradd).

That is a great image with the 10" GRAS-05 before the Sun comes up. The comet was 2.7AU from Earth and 2.9AU from the Sun. C/2009 P1 (Garradd) comes to perihelion on 2011-Dec-23.
 
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