Sunrise Sunday-No Comet?

   3 December:The last word on the comet – the nucleus has apparently fragmented and after perihelion all that appeared to be left was a dust cloud which looks like it was dissapating as this series of videos show.

ison1dec   1 December: Comet ISON may have been broken apart by the close perihelion and might be, as they say, ‘No mas‘. Initial reports suggest that the nucleus of the comet, the solid mass, has come apart. The last images from the SOHO satellite show what appear to be fragments and a cloud of dust trailing behind and around it. If there are any remnants there may be a chance that the debris as a group reflects enough sunlight to be visible.
   Click here to go to the NASA SOHO website for more information about Comet ISON.

Click on picture to see it screen size.

Click on picture to see it screen size.

   Saturday 30 November: Since Comet ISON or at least part of it survived perihelion (see my updated update) I figured that 2 days after perihelion the comet’s tail may be poking above the horizon. So I loaded my stuff and Tyler in the truck and drove east on 50 Highway then south on 7 Highway then east on Old 150 Highway. At a high spot in the road with a good view to the east and southeast across a plowed field I pulled over and parked. Using 10×50 binoculars and a Celestron Astroscan telescope I scanned the horizon until around 6:30, and a much more noticeably brighter sky. No comet or tail spotted but a good look at a lot of things from planets, nebulae, star clusters, the Milky Way. Sigh!! And of course Tyler having a blast running and sniffing.
   So I loaded back up and went home where I took a few pictures from the back deck – Jupiter and the Twin Stars; a ‘new Moon in an old Moon’s arms’; and the mnemonic ‘Follow the Arc to Arcturus…’ (not enough lens width to include ‘speed to Spica”.
   Tomorrow if the sky is clear I’ll set up in the same place and take pictures from that location.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   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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