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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

 

Comet Boattini amongst the clusters

Comet C/2007 W1 Boattini as seen from the southern hemisphere facing west at astronomical twilight, and hour and a half after sunset (click image to enlarge).

Comet Boattini passes some nice open clusters as it hurries through Canis Major, and will look rather beautiful over the next few days.

Tonight (June 3) Boattini is close to magnitude 6 M93, on June 8 it is close to open cluster Cr 121, and on June 9 it is close to magnitude 4.5 M41. This will be marvellous to follow in binoculars.

A spotters map is here http://home.mira.net/~reynella/skywatch/gifs/jun_boa.gif
a printable PDF map suitable for use with binoculars from 1 June to 9 June is here
http://home.mira.net/%7Ereynella/skywatch/Boattini_binocular_Chart_30-05-08.pdf

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