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Sunday, October 3, 2010

103P/Hartley 2

The weather has been not conducive for observing, to put it mildly. Constant rain and cloudy weather has made it a rare treat to actually get a glimpse of a star.

Besides the great show that Jupiter is putting on in the evening and most of the night, there is a newcomer comet 103P/Hartley 2 which is moving through Cassiopeia heading towards Perseus. It will be closest to Earth on 20 October and is not quite naked eye, but binos or a small telescope should pick it up. For more info and better directions to find this comet, look to these websites:

http://spaceweather.com/

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx

The next comet that I observe will be my first, so hopefully 103P/Hartley 2 will be the one. All that is needed is clear skies...

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