Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR)

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Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR)

#1 Post by rwilkinson » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:57 am

This comet will be in our evening skies over the next couple of months - it's not that bright (9th-magnitude) but still ought to be visible in larger telescopes and appear on long-exposure images with just a camera lens.

It's quite low down in the North at the moment, but you can track its position using the Heavens Above website:
http://www.heavens-above.com/comet.aspx ... 107&tz=GMT
Look out for it passing very close to the tail of The Great Bear in early December - that could be a good time to have a look for it with the BIG Bolton Telescope?

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Re: Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR)

#2 Post by rwilkinson » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:55 pm

It's still quite faint (10th magnitude) and very low in the evening sky at the moment, but would be better seen in the early mornings. It's moving rapidly up the "handle of the Plough", and will pass by the pointer-star Dubhe on the 22nd:
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It's expected to peak around 8th magnitude at the start of January.

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