Sunday, May 21, 2017
Seeing Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) from Australia (21-31 May)
Comet C/2015 V2 is a comet predicted to get at least binocular bright in the next few week. Im Australia, it has only just crept high enough in the sky to be decent viewing in Australia.
The comet is currently passing through Bootes, the Herder, in the northern sky. As the week couse onit will climb higher in the sky, making it easier to see. It is best to look around 23:30 local time, when the comet will be at its highest above the horizon murk.
The comet has been reported around magnitude 8, which shloud be just visible with 10x50 binolculars or better under dark skies. I have seen a recent report of it being magnitude 7, wich is comfortable binocular level.
The comet should be relatively easy to find as a tiny fuzzy blob if you star hop down from Arturus towards the horizon via epsilon (𝛜) Bootes (see map), the next brightest star sweeping down diagonally from Arturus. Contiue on towards the next brightest star, delta (𝝳) Bootes. For this week the comet will be between epsilon and delta Bootes, by the end of the week the comet will be to the right of epsilon (𝛜) Bootes. During this time the comet should be brightening slightly (and be easiler to see being bhigher above the horizon.
The comet should be readily visible in small telescopes.