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Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR) will pass less than 0.3 AU from Earth at an expected magnitude of +8.9 during late December. It’s currently at magnitude +10.5 and viewing will become better for northern hemisphere observers as it approaches.
I’ve created an orbital diagram and an ephemeris. Links to them can be found near the bottom of my comet webpage at: www.CurtRenz.com/comets
Photos and descriptions of the comet would be welcome additions to this thread.
I predict that magnitude +9.3 Comet C/2012 K5 (LINEAR) geocentrically will appear to pass magnitude +1.7 Elnath (Beta Tauri) by 39 arcminutes at J2000.0 position angle 302° on 2013 JAN 04 at 23:57 UT. For Chicagoland observers the figures will be 38 arcminutes at 17:56 CST.
Below is my related J2000.0 geocentric graphic for the conjunction. More of my comet graphics and data can be found at www.CurtRenz.com/comets
Post by dayzedankonfused on Jan 4, 2013 16:32:43 GMT -6
So me and a buddy of mine are going to take a lil road trip past Kankakee tonight since it is going to be extra clear. He is a photographer and I have been getting him into astrphotography. Will this comet be visible with the naked eye or through the help of a scope? Wouldn't mind trying to get a few pictures of it if possible. he basically has been doing time lapse videos and getting cool back round shots of the horizon being in nothing but corn fields with his wide angle lens. also hoping to maybe catch a straggling meteor tonight. Any tips would be appreciated and will attach any cool pictures to the thread.
"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they would live a lot differently"
I’ve improved the graphics on both my comets and asteroids webpages for near-Earth objects (NEO). The overhead views from above the ecliptic plane now show the orbits colorized. This is to make it clearer when a minor body is “above” (north) or “below” (south) the ecliptic plane. Some of the bodies have orbits highly inclined to the ecliptic and the relationship between the two orbital planes needed to be made more obvious.
Although clear, it was hazy and I was not able to spot definite signatures of the comet.
But, my astro buds say it's a fast moving object.
Indeed, Joe, it is zipping along. Tonight around 23 hr CST (05 hr UT) it will pass 3.7° from Aldebaran as demonstrated in my chart below. The related graphics and ephemeris on my comets webpage may be helpful to you: www.CurtRenz.com/comets
It was awesome being up there on Haleakala, 10,000 feet above sea level.
Unfortunately, the observatories are not open to the public in any way. I was on vacation with a large group of family and my daughter wasn't dealing well with the thin air, so I didn't stay up there as long as I wanted to.