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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 6, 2010 12:05:08 GMT -6
Comet C/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami) in our morning skies
Here is a opportunity to catch a early morning comet before dawn during the next few days...
Nov 8 -
Nov 11 -
In conjunction with Saturn, it should be an easy target, now at Mag 6.
From Astronomy Mag:
A preliminary orbit calculated by Brian Marsden at the Minor Planet Center assumes that C/2010 V1 is making its first trip into the inner solar system. Marsden’s orbit shows the comet came closest to the Sun October 18 at a distance of 159 million miles (257 million kilometers) and is now moving away. However, some astronomers suspect this could be a short-period comet experiencing an outburst.
I'll be on the lookout for this departing comet in the next few days.
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