Monday, June 13, 2011
Comet 2009 P1 Garrad, June 10
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.
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.