Mars, Comet, Near Regulus

Morning Trio with 7x50 Binoculars

Morning Trio with 7×50 Binoculars

   Tuesday morning, 15 October, before the Sun rises take a look toward the east and you will see a reddish star just slightly up and to the left from the brighter star Regulus. Regulus is the heart of Leo the Lion and as most constellation illustrations show, Regulus is at the bottom of a backward question mark. That reddish star is the planet Mars and over the last several days Mars has slowly but steadily moved toward the east and toward Regulus. On Tuesday the two, Mars and Regulus, will be separated by less than 1 degree.
mars-comet-ani   Within about 2 degrees from Regulus is Comet ISON however the estimated brightness, or magnitude, for the comet is around 9th to 11th magnitude. At that magnitude the comet is still only visible in larger telescopes or in time exposure images taken with a camera. Both the comet and Mars appear to be traveling together as they pass Regulus. This animated graphic is set to 1-day intervals and shows the comet and Mars as they pass by the star Regulus. The first frame is set for today and the last frame is the 20th.
   Click here to go the Comet ISON News web site for up-to-date information and images about the comet.

   
   
   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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