Comet C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) in morning sky

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Comet C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) in morning sky

#1 Post by rwilkinson » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:22 am

Before you get too excited, this is only 9th magnitude, and you will have to get up early in the morning to catch it!

It may not be easy to see visually, but it should show up in CCD images, although it may not be easy to distinguish from the nearby cluster of galaxies - M. Messier would have had a field-day!

As my finder chart for 21-Nov shows, it's not far from the bright star Denebola (Beta Leonis) in the SE before sunrise, and as an added attraction, Saturn is not far away too.
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Finder chart for C/2007 Q3 on 21-Nov-2009
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Now "astronomical twilight" ends at 5:42am, and it will start to get light soon after 6am, so you'll need to be up early to catch it!

And it should pass close to the M53 cluster in the middle of next month.

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