Friday, September 2nd, Public Observing Night Tonight – Comet Garradd

Friday, September 2nd, Public Observing Night Tonight – Comet Garradd

Come out & bring the kids to enjoy the final chance before school begins to stay up late & view the heavens. If you’ve never seen a comet before here is your chance! Tonight we will be trying to find Comet Garradd, reported by Spaceweather.com to be approaching 6th magnitude naked eye visibility. It should now be visible in binoculars. I have also obtained a lazer pointer to assist us in pinpointing stars, clusters, galaxies, and constellations for easy finding by all. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Garradd

Comet Garradd C2009/P1

Sky & Telescope Finder Charts found & printed out for viewing here.
Hope to see everyone there, at Cates Hill Park,10:30PM.

Clear Skies & Happy Star Trails!

David

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2 thoughts on “Friday, September 2nd, Public Observing Night Tonight – Comet Garradd

  1. Once again, a mindblowing evening… where did the time go? It is so humbling to stand underneath the tapestry of the stars, looking at what astronomers for centuries have mapped out for us. My favorites are still M57 or the Ring Nebula… and the always impressive Jupiter, with her string of moons and bands of coloured gasses… thanks David, for your knowledge and enthusiasm for sharing. I will bring Colleen again soon.

  2. The supernova was less exciting visually and more exciting in that its the closest one to us in 25 years. Most supernovas occur in galaxies about a billion light years away from us. Statistically there are a far greater number of galaxies with dying stars that far out for the SN’s to occur within. This one occuring in M101, is part of the local group of galaxies that our own Milky Way galaxy is gravitationally bound to. That blue-ish colored nondescript star we were viewing was actually in the process of throwing off it’s outer layers in a death act- 21 million years ago. The light from this event just reached our eyes only last night! It should peak in brightness by the 9th of September, plenty of time to still have the chance to see it.
    I really enjoyed sharing the telescope views last night too. Im looking forward to showing Colleen these things too!

    My favorites were Comet Garradd, & the new supernova in M101. The nucleus of Garradd was actually quite bright and well defined, with the tail be far more difficult to see, if at all. It was very suttle. Naked eye comets are comparatively rare and the last one I saw was about 4 yrs back in the Okanagan during the winter. We were actually quite lucky to view this.

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