Monday, February 23, 2009

Definitive Comet Lulin Update

I've written about Comet Lulin here, here and here. Phil has the best post on how to find Comet Lulin.

Here is a snippet:

A fairly bright comet is passing through the neighborhood right now: C/2007 N3 (Lulin), or just Lulin to its friends. I have not yet seen it (busy busy) but I plan to soon: over the next few days its passing very close to the position of Saturn in the sky, making it a very easy target to spot.

Its position near Saturn in Leo means its up practically all night right now; it rises around sunset, so look East for it (check the map links above for details). With binoculars it should be pretty easy to find; its brightness is hovering just above naked-eye visibility, so it'll be an obvious fuzzy ball near Saturn. Just sweep around and I bet you'll find it.

Here is the link to the full article: Naked eye comet graces the skies

Emily at The Planetary Society has another great article on Comet Lulin here. Here is a snippet of her post:

Lulin has a special significance for us at The Planetary Society, because it was discovered by one of our recent Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant recipients: Quanzhi Ye, the now-19-year-old principal investigator of the Lulin Sky Survey.

Too bad it looks to be cloudy for the next few days here in Minnesota. Perhaps this weekend will be better...

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