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Monday, 5 December 2011

[BAA-ebulletin 00631] Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd

BAA electronic bulletin
Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd has been putting on a good show in the evening sky over the last few months. It is currently in Hercules at around
magnitude 7 and should be visible in binoculars in a dark sky. The comet
currently shows nice dust and gas tails and we have received a number of
images which are stored in the Comet Section web gallery. This can be
accessed by going to and selecting
"Galleries->Comets" from the main menu bar.

As noted in the December Journal (p331) the comet remains in Hercules
until the middle of February next year but the best viewing time will
move from the evening to the morning as we move into 2012. It is
expected to be at its brightest in early February, perhaps even reaching
6th magnitude if the current performance is maintained.

An evening sky finder chart for the next couple of months can be found here:

The Moon is currently moving into the evening sky so the best views will
be later in December once dark skies return.

We are planning to include a short review of observations of this comet
in the February Journal. Please submit any observations to the Comet
Section using the address so that we can consider
them for inclusion.

Nick James & Denis Buczynski.
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(c) 2011 British Astronomical Association


Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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