46/P Wirtanen

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Christopher K.
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46/P Wirtanen

Post by Christopher K. » May 16th, 2018, 1:36 pm

There is preliminary evidence (and quite a bit of excitement) regarding the possible brightening of Comet Wirtanen to magnitude +4 or +3 from November 2018 to December 2019. If this occurs, of course the Highland Road Park Observatory will program public time to view the object.

The close approach will be only four days after perihelion! Wirtanen will probably be the tenth closest comet in modern times!

We are now half-a-year from the best three months of viewing for Wirtanen. To plan for the best--a brightening to +3--potential viewers should obtain a good binocular (anywhere from 7x to 12x) and start assessing their observing locations for light pollution. There is plenty of time to speak to electricity providers and public works departments and neighbors, but this six-month period should be used wisely and efficiently to maximize the chance of a good view of Wirtanen.

More information:
http://www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/0046P/2018.html

Christopher K.
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Re: 46/P Wirtanen

Post by Christopher K. » September 21st, 2018, 4:18 pm

Tonight at 7:30pm (at the Highland Road Park Observatory), there will be a brief lecture on preparing for the arrival of Wirtanen. The lecture is for an adult audience and has no admission fee.

More information:
http://www.cometography.com/pcomets/046p.html
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observi ... -for-2018/

The University of Maryland has an observing campaign in effect...
http://wirtanen.astro.umd.edu/46P/46P_2018.shtml

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