Venus and A Comet

   Wednesday evening November 23rd the inner planet Venus will pass within about 0.1o from Comet 45P Honda-Markos-Pajdusakova. However seeing the comet may be a challenge given how close Venus will be and the great difference in apparent magnitudes.

venus-comet-tele    Venus has an apparent magnitude of -4.1; the comet is 13.35; nearby star Nunki is 2.0, and close to Venus is a 5th, and a 6th magnitude star.

   Seeing the comet may not be possible even with a telescope as this simulated view through a 25mm eyepiece on a 6″ reflector suggests. However a camera with the right settings may be able to capture some of the reflected light from the comet.


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