Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Congratulations Terry Lovejoy on Comet C/2013 R1
Terry Lovejoy has found his fourth comet. While not as amazing as C/2011 W3 Lovejoy, this is still a nice comet, predicted to get as bright as magnitude 8, or maybe a tad brighter.
Terry's new comet will make for interesting November skies with both comet C/2012 S1 ISON and C/2013 R1. Unfortunately, from the Southern hemisphere both ISON and Lovejoy are not visible at their brightest, but with good binoculars or a small telescope the addition of Lovejoy to the morning ISON sky will be great.
From the northern hemisphere the view will be even more interesting, with comets ISON, Lovejoy and 2P/Enke visible in what Stuart Atkinson calls the "comet convoy". We won't see 2P/Enke from Australia at the hight of the line-up, it will be belwo our horizon.
For printable black and white spotters maps suitable for telescope use (and links to the Minor Planet Ephemeris) see this post.