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Comet Lulin

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Comet Lulin is becoming brighter and could even be visible to the unaided eye during the course of this week, when its brightness is expected to peak. I’ve been trying to take a look at it using binoculars with varying success, mainly due to poor weather conditions close to the Argentine Andes. The comet is now moving very fast wrt the stellar background, so even short time-lapse movies show its motion. Take a look at this nice video I found in youtube:

For a finder chart take a look here.

EDIT: I was able to take a look at the comet yesterday night through my binoculars and it actually was a good display. The tail and the anti-tail are easily visible and the proximity to Saturn offered a good setting. Of course, to the ones that remember McNaught (or even Hyakutake or Hale-Bopp) this comet would look a bit dull, but it is a very nice comet anyway, the thing is that we’re getting too lucky lately!!.

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Written by Marcos

February 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Posted in astronomy

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