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Saturday, December 17, 2011

 

Terry Lovejoy Images his Comet in Broad Daylight

View of Eastern Horizon at 4:45 am ACDST on Christmas morning as seen from Adelaide, showing the location of comets Lovejoy and Garrad. Comet Lovejoy may remain bright enough to see in binoculars.

Terry Lovejoy, discoverer of Comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy, has imaged his eponymous comet in broad daylight with a Celestron C8 telescope and a Canon 350D camera. See the image at IceinSpace
http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showpost.php?s=31c59a570a89e0b8c315123103eff328&p=798668&postcount=38

He estimates the comet as being magnitude -1.2, that's 5 magnitudes greater than the predicted brightness at this time.

Much depends on how fast the comet fades now. It still might be bright enough to see in the predawn twilight tomorrow, but if not, hopefully it will be a binocular comet in time for Christmas.

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