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At present, comet Elenin is too close to the sun to be viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, though observers south of the equator may catch it low in the western sky after sunset. Northern observers' turn will come after the comet passes the sun and starts back out towards the Oort Cloud.In the last few days of September, Elenin will separate from the sun in our morning sky. It will be visible in binoculars in the morning sky for all of October, and we will publish finder maps then.
The other bright comet in the night sky hasn't received the publicity of comet Elenin but is actually a better opportunity for skywatchers. This is comet Garradd (C2009 P1), which was discovered on Aug. 13, 2009 by Australian astronomer G. J. GarraddComet Garradd is very easy for any experienced skywatcher to locate and observe with binoculars. Currently it is just south of the small but well-known constellation of Sagitta, the arrow. This arrow-shaped constellation is right in the middle of the summer triangle formed by the bright stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair. On Wednesday (Aug. 24), Garradd was right under the tip of the arrow.
Originally posted by Daedal
reply to post by Daedal
I currently don't have a telescope to view either comet,but if someone reading this does would you be so inclined and checking to see if Elenin has a tail?
Originally posted by daryllyn
[color=dodgerblue]I am so tired of Elenin threads and all of the fearmongering that comes with it.
Why can't it just be a comet?edit on 30-8-2011 by daryllyn because: (no reason given)