01
OCT
2014

See the Mars-Comet Siding Spring Encounter LIVE!

On Sunday 19th October 2014 Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1)  is set to hurtle past the planet Mars in a close encounter unlikely to be repeated in our lifetime. The comet is predicted to come to within 135,000 kms  of the planet’s surface – or roughly a third of the distan
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02
JUN
2014

Catch a Glimpse of Comet C/2012 K1 Panstarrs on its Sunbound Dive

June 2014 is a great month to catch Comet C/2012 K1 Panstarrs as it heads towards its late summer rendezvous with our Sun. At magnitude +8 to +9 the comet is still quite faint, appearing as a small round fuzzy patch of light with a brighter centre. You’ll need a telescope with a
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01
MAY
2014

Chase Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS through Ursa Major in May 2014

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS is high overhead in the constellation of Ursa Major and Canes Venatici during May 2014. Observable only in telescopes of 6-inch aperture and larger, the comet is quite faint at magnitude +9, but is starting to develop a visual tail. As it is high up in the sk
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09
NOV
2013

C/2013 R1 Lovejoy Now a Bright Telescope Comet in the Eastern Sky

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy is the surprise comet of the autumn. Now at magnitude +5.2 (as of 24 November)  it is an easy catch in binoculars and telescopes in the eastern sky after midnight during November 2013. On November 9th I tracked it down with 16×50 binoculars as a faint elon
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