Comet Ikeya-Murakami

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Comet Ikeya-Murakami

Postby pulsar » Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:56 am

Whilst reading todays London Metro free newspaper I came across this awesome picture of comet Ikeya-Murakami over the los Angeles skyline. It really is a great picture you can clearly see that part of the comet's nucleus has broken off you can see that it was quite a long exposure and can clearly discern where the fragment is.

Now after watching this months sky at night on comet Hartley 2 and hearing patrick say we needed something spectacular in the sky "comet wise" is quite amazing it's like the great man ordered it himself I dont know if the image is available on the newspapers website but check it out at metro.co.uk or dailymail.co.uk or google it.

Also I would like to know where this comet is located in the sky and if we will be able to view it from britain?.
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RE: Comet Ikeya-Murakami

Postby brianb » Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:36 am

[quote]where this comet is located in the sky and if we will be able to view it from britain?.
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ATM it's not far from Saturn in the morning sky. It's about 4 magnitudes fainter than Hartley (1/40th as bright) and is presumed to be fading from an outburst caused by the fracture. It's past perihelion & will fade further in the future. Definitely NOT a "great comet"!

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RE: Comet Ikeya-Murakami

Postby pulsar » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:10 am

Thanks brian for the info I will try for it in the lx if I get a chance. But the picture is quite striking don't you think especiallly when you consider the LP problem over LA. I just checked the daily mail newspaper website and they have a few really good pics there. Also just to report I have managed to catch 3 taurids nice bright ones just about 20 mins ago during a break in these otherwise incessant clouds. So not too bad considering.

But I do hope I get to observe Hartley 2 pass between M46 & M47. Please Patrick do something about these confounded clouds (laughs)..
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