|The path of comet C/2015 G2 MASTER from 14 to 21 May, looking west as seen from Adelaide at Astronomical twilight (6:50 pm) and hour an a half after sunset. The position of the comet is shown every two days. You will probably need binoculars to see it. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at
equivalent local times. Click to embiggen||Animation showing the path of the comet from 14-21 May at Astronomical twilight. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at
equivalent local times. Click to embiggen|
Printable black and white horizon chart facing west an hour and a half after sunset showing the path of comet C/2015 G2 MASTER as seen from Adelaide. Similar views will be seen from
Southern Hemisphere locations at the equivalent local time. Click to
embiggen and print
A PDF spotters map also suitable for printing in black and white is here
Printable black and white chart suitable for use with binoculars.
Comet C/2015 G2 MASTER
has entered the evening sky after being a morning object. It is now high enough above
the horizon to be readily seen. It is around magnitude 6, just on
the threshold of unaided eye visibility, but is best viewed with
binoculars and telescopes. In binoculars the comet will looks like a large ball of cotton wool (it will look similar to the globular cluster omega centauri in binoculars). There is a thin tail seen in astrophotographs
, but visual telescopic observation has not reported a tail yet.
The comet will move rapidly up through Lepus heading for Canis Major
this week. It will stay around magnitude 6 for most of this time, and be readily visible in binoculars. It is the only relatively bright fuzzy blob in the area.
From the 14th-17th if you sweep across to the left from Orion in binoculars you should pick it up fairly easily. There after sweep down and to the left from Sirius. On the 18th the comet will be in binocular range of the faint but pretty globular cluster M79, the comet being the brighter.
Labels: binocular, C/2015 G2, comet
posted by Ian Musgrave @ 1:32 am