Comet Capture Weekend.

Along with ISON there are three other comets in the night sky at the moment.

Comets 2012 1X LINEAR,  2P (Encke),  2011 W3 (Lovejoy), are sharing the sky this week with Comet ISON.

File:Coma Berenices constellation map.png

Comet X1 LINEAR currently sits in the constellation Coma Berenices at about 8.5 magnitude.  Too faint for anything but telescopes.  It is located near the stars Alpha Coma Berenices and Beta Coma Berenices.

Comet Encke’s is on its 62nd trip through the Solar system since being discovered in 1786. Encke also is our most frequent visitor of any comet passing by once every 3.3 years.

Special Note: both ISON and Encke should be able to be photographed together in a wide field image around November 24th .

New Comet Lovejoy starts out slow but quickly gains speed as it crosses from near Orion in mid-September to Ursa Major in November, when it will be closest to Earth. Created with Chris Marriott's SkyMap software

Comet Lovejoy, like ISON, is a new discovery by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy (his 4th).  I always like to see the work of citizen scientists, now I get to image it!

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +


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