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09 November 2018
The Hunting of Comet 46P Wirtanen - Observing & Photography Challenge

“The Hunting of Comet 46P Wirtanen”

Our astronomy club announced its end of year challenge for observers and astrophotographers at our November monthly meeting last night.

Will you be the first member to see the comet, the first to photograph its tails?

This comet is on track to become a naked-eye object in early December.

It’s not currently visible to high latitude northern hemisphere observers but that’s all due to change at the end of this month.

This gives us a few weeks to train our eyes, get familiar with our star maps & apps, practice using our binoculars & scopes, and hone up on our photographic techniques.

Here’s a few links to give some more information on this exciting event.

No prizes for the first members to see or photograph the comet .... but massive ‘bragging rights’ and kudos to be earned!

Good Luck & Clear Skies

 

HAS Observing Team & HAS Astrophotography Group

 

http://wirtanen.astro.umd.edu/46P/46P_status.shtml

http://earthsky.org/space/46p-wirtanen-possibly-visible-to-eye-dec-2018

http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/wirtanen-brightest-comet-of-the-year-is-coming

 

 

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Dark Sky Observing

Saturday 7th December

Public & Members


Open 19:00
Close 21:00

Bring your smartphone to take some great Moon astropics!

Event Status:
CANCELLED
Too much rain and cloud. :(








A voluntary charitable donation in the region of £5 per adult would be greatly appreciated to enable us to operate & maintain our Observatory & Club


Event Details
here