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Where is Comet Lulin..?

Unless you’ve been living under a stone for the past few weeks you’ll know there’s a new comet in the sky – Comet Lulin. It’s particularly interesting for two reasons – firstly, it’s grown to naked eye brightness, and secondly, it’s got a distinctive green colour. You can see some beautiful images of the comet on the Space Weather gallery here.

So where do you look for this comet in the sky? There are quite a few “finder charts” on the web, but most are very cluttered and hard to use IMHO, so I’ve made a very simple chart showing where the comet will be for the next month or so. If you live in the UK you’ll have to be outside and looking to the east after midnight, at a dark sy site, and then you might, MIGHT, just catch a glimpse of the comet with your unaided eye. If you have a pair of binoculars you will definitely see the comet through those.

The best two nights to look for the comet seem like being Feb 20th – when it will be just below Saturn – and Feb 24th, when it will be at its maximum brightness as seen from Earth. It will also be easy to spot on the evening of Feb 28th when it will be just below Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, probably in the same binocular field of view I reckon.

Anyway, here’s the chart – you’ll need to click on it to see the full size version. PLEASE don’t take this as a definitive expert quality chart, it’s just a basic guide that will steer you in the right direction, ok?

lulin-finder-chart

Good luck comet spotting – let me know if you see anything!

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2 Responses

  1. im very mch excited about LULIN n will b watchin it on 24th as it will b brightest on tat day, so thank u guys as u provided the spotting map datewise, thank u very much. have a grt day!!!

  2. […] observations? I was happy to have just found a comet through a simple finder chart, such as that available here at Cumbrian Sky. I also got a look at Saturn, whose rings are closing fast, but still visibly […]

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