A New Comet

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   A newly discovered comet, Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy, the third one discovered by Australian Astronomer Terry Lovejoy has been confirmed. The comet is currently too dim for anything but long time exposures and larger telescopes however it may brighten to become visible (no predictions yet) around the end of November when it is closest to Earth. This is also around the perihelion passage for Comet ISON so we may have two bright comets in our skies. Or not!
   As this graphic shows the comet is currently just east of the star Saiph, the lower left star in Orion’s rectangle shape. It’s path will take it close to the star Procyon in Canis Minor and then through the center of Cancer passing close to Mars. By the last week of November the comet should be passing below the bowl of the Big Dipper.
Here is a link to a picture on the Space Weather website.

   
   
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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