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A bright green comet known as 46P/Wirtanen will be visible from Earth next week

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posted on Dec, 6 2018 @ 10:34 PM
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Hmm, only a few days left, and no one's been giving a heads-up on this here...

In the coming couple of weeks, the comet 46P/Wirtanen will be visible in the sky through binoculars, backyard telescopes, and even with the naked eye if you don't have too much light pollution.



www.countryliving.com...

Here's the comet's track across the sky, to help you find it:



The comet will be at its brightest on Dec 15th and 16th (reaching apparent magnitude of +3), also passing close to the Pleiades star cluster, making for a pretty sight and great astrophoto opportunities.

I'll certainly be ready with my binoculars, and hope for cloudless sky!




posted on Dec, 6 2018 @ 10:36 PM
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a reply to: wildespace

Cool!

Don't know if I'll have a chance to photo it, but out here in the country I should be able to see it provided the weather is clear.



posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 06:04 AM
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I hope someone from ATS gets some great astrophotos of it.

Hell, ill even purchase one!



posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 09:38 AM
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a reply to: wildespace

Thank you for posting this. I didn't know about the comet. Based on it's projected path, it should be pretty easy to find, and it's green, so a nice Christmas tie-in. Cool.



posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 09:41 AM
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One amazing image already here: spaceweathergallery.com...




posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 10:53 AM
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a reply to: wildespace

Thanks for the heads up; I'll have my binoculars ready. That is a great pic, really a nice shade of green with a little blue in there too.
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posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 04:06 PM
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Where I live is difficult to see the stars, as we have too much light pollution, but I will try to take a photo, even if I can't see it.



posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 08:59 PM
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This definitely seems like about the right time for the Blue Star Kachina, given everything going on the past few days.



posted on Dec, 7 2018 @ 11:09 PM
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originally posted by: ArMaP
Where I live is difficult to see the stars, as we have too much light pollution, but I will try to take a photo, even if I can't see it.

If you have binoculars, those are the best way to see the comet (unless you have a telescope, of course).
When the comet Lovejoy was in the sky a few years ago, I easily spotted it in my binoculars, and even took a few photos from my light-polluted location. The comet was brighter than the Andromeda galaxy.



This comet is gonna be even brighter!



posted on Dec, 8 2018 @ 01:50 AM
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a reply to: wildespace

When comet C/2011 L4 appeared I was able to take a photo without seeing it, just by pointing my camera to the place where it was supposed to be a taking a photo with a longer exposure.



posted on Dec, 8 2018 @ 02:02 AM
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The tiberium is calling!

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posted on Dec, 8 2018 @ 02:03 AM
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originally posted by: ArMaP
a reply to: wildespace

When comet C/2011 L4 appeared I was able to take a photo without seeing it, just by pointing my camera to the place where it was supposed to be a taking a photo with a longer exposure.

You have a good chance of achieving the same. Just point the camera at the Pleiades on 15th or 16th December.



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