No, that isn’t a mis-spelling. Comet Lemmon should be visible in the north for the next month or so.
Image credit: Gabe Brammer
Gabe’s picture above is a fantastic shot of Pan-STARRS at the bottom, a meteor in the middle and comet Lemmon on top.
Gabe has obviously been blessed by the astrophotography and weather deities. However, as you can see Lemmon will be a binocular object like Pan-STARRS.
This is also Lemmon’s first recorded trip through the solar system. Lemmon has a very long orbital period of at least 11,000 years. It also has an eccentric orbit traveling mostly perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic.
If you have a clear southern exposure along with some binoculars (and some assistance from the gods noted above) you should be able to see a Lemmon in the sky.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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