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Comets in 2019 On this page are more details on each of the comets including the best dates to observe plus maps of their path through the night sky. Comet 46P Wirtanen This comet orbits the Sun every 5.5 years which usually makes them quite faint but it is know to be a very active comet. It should be the brightest of the year. 28th Nov comet is 5th mag very low on southern horizon between Eridanus (River) and Cetus (Whale).Moving at more than 1 deg per day and brightening by 0.1magper day heading towards Taurus. 6th Dec the comet passes Eta Eridanus at 4.3mag so any easy naked eye object. It speeds up to 3 deg per day. 12th Dec passes close to Omicron Taurus at 4th mag 17th Dec the comet passes 3 deg west of the Pleiades at its brightest of 3.8th mag 22nd to 28th Dec comet difficult to see in moonlight. 23rd Dec the comet is less than 1 deg south of Capella in Auriga at 4th mag slowly fading. 31st Dec the comet is 5 mag and 1 deg below the star 15 Lynx. On the same day Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman at 9th mag is in the same constellation 3 deg below 31 Lynx. 11th Jan 2019 the comet passes Omicron Ursa Major (the nose of the Great Bear) at 6 mag. 17th Jan 2019 is the 71st anniversary of discovery by Carl Wirtanen it will still be an easy object in small telescopes. 14th Feb 2019 passing Theta Ursa Major the comet fades to 9th mag It should remain visible in larger telescopes until mid March 2019. Comet 2018 Y1 Iwamoto Masayuki Iwamoto who was one of 3 discoverers of comet C2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) hs found another on the 18th Dec. Designated C2018 Y1, it is a rather faint 12th mag, but expected to brighten to 7th mag in the next few weeks. Viewing dates are: 29th Jan 19 (04.00UT)- Comet is 5 deg east of bright star Spica in Virgo at 8th magnitude. The comet moves rapidly north east through Virgo brightening to 7th mag 2nd Feb (23.00UT) - now in Leo at 7th mag the comet should come into view in dark skies using 10x50 binoculars. The comet moves through Leo in only 3 days. 5th Feb (23.00UT) comet is 5 deg from Iota Cancer 7th Feb (23.00UT) comet is 4 deg from Castor in Gemini 9th Feb (20.00UT) comet fades to 8th mag as it moves into Auriga The Moon will not effect viewing the comet between 27th to 11th Feb
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Comets in 2019 On this page are more details on each of the comets  including the best dates to observe plus maps of their  path through the night sky. Comet 46P Wirtanen This comet orbits the Sun every 5.5 years which  usually makes them quite faint but it is know to be a  very active comet. It should be the brightest of the  year. 28th Nov comet is 5th mag very low on southern  horizon between Eridanus (River) and Cetus  (Whale).Moving at more than 1 deg per day and  brightening by 0.1magper day heading towards  Taurus. 6th Dec the comet passes Eta Eridanus at 4.3mag so  any easy naked eye object. It speeds up to 3 deg per  day. 12th Dec passes close to Omicron Taurus at 4th mag 17th Dec the comet passes 3 deg west of the Pleiades at its brightest of 3.8th mag 22nd to 28th Dec comet difficult to see in moonlight. 23rd Dec the comet is less than 1 deg south of  Capella in Auriga at 4th mag slowly fading. 31st Dec the comet is 5 mag and 1 deg below the star  15 Lynx. On the same day Comet 38P Stephan /  Oterman at 9th mag is in the same constellation 3  deg below 31 Lynx.  11th Jan 2019 the comet passes Omicron Ursa Major  (the nose of the Great Bear) at 6 mag. 17th Jan 2019 is the 71st anniversary of discovery by  Carl Wirtanen it will still be an easy object in small  telescopes. 14th Feb 2019 passing Theta Ursa Major the comet  fades to 9th mag It should remain visible in larger telescopes until mid  March   2019.  Comet 2018 Y1 Iwamoto Masayuki Iwamoto who was one of 3 discoverers of comet C2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) hs found another on the 18th Dec. Designated C2018 Y1, it is a rather faint 12th mag, but expected to brighten to 7th mag in the next few weeks. Viewing dates are: 29th Jan 19 (04.00UT)- Comet is 5 deg east of bright star Spica in Virgo at 8th magnitude. The comet moves rapidly north east through Virgo brightening to 7th mag 2nd Feb (23.00UT) - now in Leo at 7th mag the comet should come into view in dark skies using 10x50 binoculars. The comet moves through Leo in only 3 days. 5th Feb (23.00UT) comet is 5 deg from Iota Cancer 7th Feb (23.00UT) comet is 4 deg from Castor in Gemini 9th Feb (20.00UT) comet fades to 8th mag as it moves into Auriga The Moon will not effect viewing the comet between 27th to 11th Feb
enquiries@gallowayastro.com Tel: 01988 500594
enquiries@gallowayastro.com Tel: 01988 500594 Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
Comets in 2019 On this page are more details on each of the comets including the best dates to observe plus maps of their path through the night sky. Comet 46P Wirtanen This comet orbits the Sun every 5.5 years which usually makes them quite faint but it is know to be a very active comet. It should be the brightest of the year. 28th Nov comet is 5th mag very low on southern horizon between Eridanus (River) and Cetus (Whale).Moving at more than 1 deg per day and brightening by 0.1magper day heading towards Taurus. 6th Dec the comet passes Eta Eridanus at 4.3mag so any easy naked eye object. It speeds up to 3 deg per day. 12th Dec passes close to Omicron Taurus at 4th mag 17th Dec the comet passes 3 deg west of the Pleiades at its brightest of 3.8th mag 22nd to 28th Dec comet difficult to see in moonlight. 23rd Dec the comet is less than 1 deg south of Capella in Auriga at 4th mag slowly fading. 31st Dec the comet is 5 mag and 1 deg below the star 15 Lynx. On the same day Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman at 9th mag is in the same constellation 3 deg below 31 Lynx. 11th Jan 2019 the comet passes Omicron Ursa Major (the nose of the Great Bear) at 6 mag. 17th Jan 2019 is the 71st anniversary of discovery by Carl Wirtanen it will still be an easy object in small telescopes. 14th Feb 2019 passing Theta Ursa Major the comet fades to 9th mag It should remain visible in larger telescopes until mid March 2019. Comet 2018 Y1 Iwamoto Masayuki Iwamoto who was one of 3 discoverers of comet C2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) hs found another on the 18th Dec. Designated C2018 Y1, it is a rather faint 12th mag, but expected to brighten to 7th mag in the next few weeks. Viewing dates are: 29th Jan 19 (04.00UT)- Comet is 5 deg east of bright star Spica in Virgo at 8th magnitude. The comet moves rapidly north east through Virgo brightening to 7th mag 2nd Feb (23.00UT) - now in Leo at 7th mag the comet should come into view in dark skies using 10x50 binoculars. The comet moves through Leo in only 3 days. 5th Feb (23.00UT) comet is 5 deg from Iota Cancer 7th Feb (23.00UT) comet is 4 deg from Castor in Gemini 9th Feb (20.00UT) comet fades to 8th mag as it moves into Auriga The Moon will not effect viewing the comet between 27th to 11th Feb.
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