New bright Comet

13 years 8 months ago #38026 by galwayskywatchers
New bright Comet was created by galwayskywatchers
Brightening Comet McNaught:

(the following is adapted from a BAA e-circular and from Terrys email from the IAA).

A few observers, including at least one in Ireland, have been able to find comet 2006 P1 (McNaught) in the twilight sky, and estimates are that the comet is about 2nd magnitude. as the brightening continues it should become easier to see. Some predictions indicate that it may become brighter than Venus, but as it will be low in the twilight, that may not be as spectacular as it sounds!


It can now be seen in both evening and morning twilight, with the tail better seen in the evening twilight when it will be nearly vertical. Exact magnitudes are difficult to predict, and probably even more difficult to estimate, as differential atmospheric extinction will be considerable. However, it should get at least as bright as Sirius, and maybe much brighter.UK/Ireland observers will be able to see the comet in the twilight until around January 14th, when it will only be visible in the evening. It may be worth trying daylight observation around January 14, although the comet is then only 5 degrees from the Sun, so extreme care will be needed. Mercury is close by, and the comet may well be brighter than Mercury. Does anyone know where to look i presume very close to the Sun or visible directly above where it sets.

Ronan Newman
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13 years 8 months ago #38030 by michaeloconnell

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13 years 8 months ago #38106 by Keith g
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Does anyone know where to look i presume very close to the Sun or visible directly above where it sets.


Very low in the southwest quite near to where the sun sets. I have been looking forward to this fella, hopefully we can get a look?

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13 years 8 months ago #38157 by Seanie_Morris
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Yesterday morning... bright start, cloud all over the eastern horizon.

Yesterday evening... a bit dull, but breaks in the cloud. but never along the western horizon.

This morning... another bright start, barely any clouds in the sky, Moon way over in the west, but cloudy all along the eastern horizon.

This evening? Who knows!

:D

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13 years 8 months ago #38218 by Seanie_Morris
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This evening? Who knows!

:D


Damn clouds...

:lol:

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13 years 8 months ago #38248 by Frank Ryan
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John O Niell cought it nicely this evening...
well done John!
http://www.irishastronomy.org/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5582&highlight=
Has anyone worked out times for a Dawn apperance for tomorow?

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13 years 8 months ago #38249 by Keith g
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This evening - NO clouds :P

Stuck in work :evil:

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13 years 8 months ago #38251 by Keith g
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The comet should rise at roughly 7.20am, in the ever brightening sky....

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13 years 8 months ago #38257 by dave_lillis
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Well guys, the weather forecast is for clouds tonight with a clearance spreading from the west, according to the forecast it should be clear in the west by 6am, we'll just have to wait and see.

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13 years 8 months ago #38382 by Keith g
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I had no joy this morning, as yet again it was cloudy, I'll try again this evening....

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13 years 8 months ago #38806 by ftodonoghue
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Anybody have any luck with this

It is after getting a little brighter in kerry so maybe I might get to have a look tonight. It sets over an hour after the sun and is now only 12degrees or so from the sun: Anyone know if it should be visible ???

Cheers
Trevor

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13 years 8 months ago #38809 by Frank Ryan
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Anyone know if it should be visible ???

If the weather is good and you have a clear line of sight then yes!


I cought an unexpected glimpse at this amazing target
driving home from the West coast on Sunday.

The whole sky was cloudy except for a patch in the West
and what cought my eye first was Venus shining brilliantly
(I thought it was airplane headlights for a while)
So I pulled up and at the side of the road to look for McNaught.
I could'nt believe my luck as I had my Binos, Camera & tripod with me.
I quickly set up to try and take a shot but was beaten by the clouds.

Has anyone else
(appart from John) tried photographing it?
Is it possible to use the webcam on this?

There are now a lot of fine photos of this around...

http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught.htm

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13 years 8 months ago #38810 by ftodonoghue
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Clouds and rain now.. :evil: :evil: :evil:

Nice catch Frank.

Cheers
Trevor

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13 years 8 months ago #38811 by Seanie_Morris
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Weather is supposed to improve tomorrow...

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13 years 8 months ago #38813 by ftodonoghue
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I'd like to get to see it. It would be a fine start to the new year.

Cheers
Trevor

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13 years 8 months ago #38816 by Kerry Stargazer
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Washed out here to in NK. :cry:

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13 years 8 months ago #38819 by Keith g
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I'll have a go again in the morning if the clouds clear away.....

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13 years 8 months ago #39131 by Frank Ryan
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The skies are clearing here this evening.
Anyone got a position for Mc Naught for tonight?
My laptop with starry night on is banjaxed.

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13 years 8 months ago #39132 by michael_murphy
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Hi Frank,

According to The Sky it's at RA 20h 08m 33s DEc -22deg 38 min 5 sec..
It's quite close to M75.

Michael

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13 years 8 months ago #39135 by Frank Ryan
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Thanks Michael.
Lovely torquise clear skies. Except for a band on the horizon blocking McNaught.
Grrr...

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13 years 8 months ago #39136 by galwayskywatchers
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Hi

I have spent the last two weeks trying un sucessfully to get a glimpse of this bright comet, even after reading one of the previous posts where ye said seeing would be difficult this evening i thought i should give one last try if the weather allowed. But with this morning so bad i thought not. It did finally clear, but as with the above post i did have a band of cloud on the horizon just as a rain cloud cleared overhead. I was just about to turn around and go home when gave a scan along the horizon through binoculars when to my suprise there it was, about 2 degrees above the horizon, i would say mag -3, took a photo aswell, but was so windy from in-car. So sometimes persintence can finally pay off and Goodbye comet Mc Naught.

Ronan Newman
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13 years 8 months ago #39291 by galwayskywatchers
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Amazing images of this comet continue to grow see the green flash image and comet at www.spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught_page8.htm

Also how big was this comet, I mean Hale Bopp was very large how come we did not see this coming sooner. Mr DM must be very happy to be the first person in Ireland and possilly the UK to have seen the brightest comet in 30 years.

Ronan Newman

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13 years 8 months ago #39351 by Keith g
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I hear reports calling the comet at magnitude -6 !!! :shock: :shock:

Visible in daylight now, but very low from here :(

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13 years 8 months ago #39354 by voyager
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I tried repeatedly today to catch it during daylight without success. I guess it was too hazy.

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