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Comets in 2019 / 2020 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. Mostly comets do not show much of a tail and look like round fuzzy blobs. In dark skies with little light pollution a 7th magnitude (mag) comet should be visible in binoculars or small telescope. A 5th mag comet or brighter will be visible to the unaided eye. A comet is highly unpredictable and can brighten or fade rapidly so it is worth watching it on a regular basis There are two bright comets expected at end of 2019 but observable into 2020. Comet 289P Blanpain This comet first becomes visible towards the end of 2019 and continues to be visible until February 2020. It will be at its brightest about 14th Jan. The best dates to observe it are: 14th Dec 2019 in Aquarius at +6.4mag brightness 25th Dec in Pisces at +5.6mag 30th Dec in Pegasus at +5.3mag Moon effected from 31st Dec to 13th Jan 2020 14th Jan 2020 in Cassiopeia at +5.0 mag fading to +6.5mag as it moves into Ursa Minor by 1st Feb 2nd to 9th Feb Moon effected 10 Feb in Ursa Major at +7.8mag 2nd March Moon effected thereafter it will be too faint to observe. Comet C2017 T2 PANSTARRS You will need dark skies and a small telescope as a minimum to see this faint comet 21st Nov 2019 to 2nd Dec in Auriga at +10mag Moon effected 3rd Dec to 17th Dec 18th Dec 2019 to 1st Jan 2020 in Perseus at +9.8mag Moon effected  2nd Jan to 14th Jan 2020 15th Jan to 30th Jan Perseus +9.3mag Moon effected  1st to 12th Feb 13th Feb to 28th Feb Cassiopeia +9.0mag Moon effected  29th Feb to 11th March 12th March to 29th March in Cassiopeia +8.7mag Moon effected 30th March to 9th April 10th to 25th April /4/20 in Camalepardlis +8.3mag this is likely to be the last chance to view the comet
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© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2019                                   All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Comets in 2019 / 2020 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. Mostly comets do not show much of a tail and look like round fuzzy blobs. In dark skies with little light pollution a 7th magnitude (mag) comet should be visible in binoculars or small telescope. A 5th mag comet or brighter will be visible to the unaided eye. A comet is highly unpredictable and can brighten or fade rapidly so it is worth watching it on a regular basis There are two bright comets expected at end of 2019 but observable into 2020. Comet 289P Blanpain This comet first becomes visible towards the end of 2019 and continues to be visible until February 2020. It will be at its brightest about 14th Jan. The best dates to observe it are: 14th Dec 2019 in Aquarius at +6.4mag brightness 25th Dec in Pisces at +5.6mag 30th Dec in Pegasus at +5.3mag Moon effected from 31st Dec to 13th Jan 2020 14th Jan 2020 in Cassiopeia at +5.0 mag fading to +6.5mag as it moves into Ursa Minor by 1st Feb 2nd to 9th Feb Moon effected 10 Feb in Ursa Major at +7.8mag 2nd March Moon effected thereafter it will be too faint to observe. Comet C2017 T2 PANSTARRS You will need dark skies and a small telescope as a minimum to see this faint comet 21st Nov 2019 to 2nd Dec in Auriga at +10mag Moon effected 3rd Dec to 17th Dec 18th Dec 2019 to 1st Jan 2020 in Perseus at +9.8mag Moon effected  2nd Jan to 14th Jan 2020 15th Jan to 30th Jan Perseus +9.3mag Moon effected  1st to 12th Feb 13th Feb to 28th Feb Cassiopeia +9.0mag Moon effected  29th Feb to 11th March 12th March to 29th March in Cassiopeia +8.7mag Moon effected 30th March to 9th April 10th to 25th April /4/20 in Camalepardlis +8.3mag This is likely to be the last chance to view the comet
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“It’s the best view I’ve ever had” - Prof Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank)
enquiries@gallowayastro.com Tel: 01988 500594 Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
Comets in 2020 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. Mostly comets do not show much of a tail and look like round fuzzy blobs. In dark skies with little light pollution a 7th magnitude (mag) comet should be visible in binoculars or small telescope. A 5th mag comet or brighter will be visible to the unaided eye. A comet is highly unpredictable and can brighten or fade rapidly so it is worth watching it on a regular basis There are two bright comets expected at end of 2019 but observable into 2020. Comet 289P Blanpain This comet first becomes visible towards the end of 2019 and continues to be visible until February 2020. It will be at its brightest about 14th Jan. The best dates to observe it are: 14th Dec 2019 in Aquarius at +6.4mag brightness 25th Dec in Pisces at +5.6mag 30th Dec in Pegasus at +5.3mag Moon effected from 31st Dec to 13th Jan 2020 14th Jan 2020 in Cassiopeia at +5.0 mag fading to +6.5mag as it moves into Ursa Minor by 1st Feb 2nd to 9th Feb Moon effected 10 Feb in Ursa Major at +7.8mag 2nd March Moon effected thereafter it will be too faint to observe. Comet C2017 T2 PANSTARRS You will need dark skies and a small telescope as a minimum to see this faint comet 21st Nov 2019 to 2nd Dec in Auriga at +10mag Moon effected 3rd Dec to 17th Dec 18th Dec 2019 to 1st Jan 2020 in Perseus at +9.8mag Moon effected  2nd Jan to 14th Jan 2020 15th Jan to 30th Jan Perseus +9.3mag Moon effected  1st to 12th Feb 13th Feb to 28th Feb Cassiopeia +9.0mag Moon effected  29th Feb to 11th March 12th March to 29th March in Cassiopeia +8.7mag Moon effected 30th March to 9th April 10th to 25th April /4/20 in Camalepardlis +8.3mag This is likely to be the last chance to view the comet
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