Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saluting comet Garradd

This is a sketch of comet "Garradd" when it passed the Coathanger asterism in the constellation of Vulpelca last year at 20:14 UT on 3rd September 2011.  Part of the Brocchi's cluster is included. The brightest star in the upper left corner (size is equivalent to magnitude) of the sketch is 5Vul (mag. 5.6). 

At the time the comet had a small bright coma, symmetrical, round and evenly washed out shape. The rather broad but short tail was possible to spot under averted vision.  At the time the comet was moving pretty fast. 

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