Sunday, September 10, 2023


 Hey, Space Placers!

Comet Nishimura September map

This map shows the sky for latitude 40° north at the start of dawn about 90 minutes before sunrise for the contiguous U.S. and Canada. On September 6th Comet Nishimura stands about 10° high but dips lower each morning until it's only a few degrees above the horizon on September 11th. Its gradual decline is offset by the stars rising 4 minutes earlier each morning. More good news — the comet is bright enough to see into early twilight. Venus moves only a little during the time frame, making it — along with Epsilon (ε) Leonis (Algenubi) and Gamma (γ) Leonis (Algieba) — useful celestial guides.
Stellarium with additions by Bob King VIA SKY&TELESCOPE.ORG

Comets are like cats - you never know what they are going to do......

We have a new comet visible - with difficulty - in the pre-dawn Eastern sky.

Here is a story about the comet  and  an observing guide .

Your best bet is a flat and if possible, elevated horizon with binoculars. The comet will switch to sunset skies in the West next week.

Good hunting!

Sky Guy in VA

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