Comet 46p Wirtanen

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by obeygiant, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. obeygiant macrumors 68040

    obeygiant

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Location:
    totally cool
    #1
    [​IMG]

    Come Dec. 16, the comet will be just over 7 million miles from Earth and should be visible to the naked eye, according to the University of Maryland Comet Wirtanen Observing Campaign. The campaign predicts excellent observation conditions and said the comet should be visible "most of the night around close approach" in the northern and southern hemispheres.

    Though it measures just three-fourths of a mile across, the Christmas comet will put on quite a show this time around. As the National Space Centre in the United Kingdom explains: "When the comet is at its closest (and brightest) to Earth, it's also being vaporized by the Sun, shedding reflective dust and vapor that could make it even brighter."

    "It will appear as a fuzzy point of light that moves across our winter night sky throughout the month of December. Nevertheless, if you're under a clear night sky away from city lights, you should be able to spot 46P/Wirtanen throughout December if you know where to look," the museum added.

    46P will be the 10th-closest comet to Earth in modern times, according to UMD data, though rest assured that there is no chance that the comet could hit our planet.

    Carl Wirtanen discovered 46P on Jan. 17, 1948, at the Lick Observatory in Mount Hamilton, California. The comet has an orbital period of approximately 5.5 years.​

    Anyone looking for this besides me?
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

    ucfgrad93

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado
    #2
    Doubt I’ll be in an area dark enough to see it, but I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for posting this @obeygiant.
     
  3. Alch3mist macrumors member

    Alch3mist

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2016
    Location:
    Right behind you.
    #3
    I have been trying to view it. Too much cloud cover in North Carolina. Have you spotted it yet?
     
  4. obeygiant thread starter macrumors 68040

    obeygiant

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Location:
    totally cool
    #4
    No not yet. It was clear last night but I couldn't see it very well. Its supposed to be just up and left from the Pleiades.

    I took this but I doesn't show much.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. obeygiant thread starter macrumors 68040

    obeygiant

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Location:
    totally cool
    #5
    [​IMG]

    This is the best I could get so far (which isn't that good) 46p is the fuzzy green dot in the lower left third.
     

Share This Page