Comet Jacques

Look out for a “new” comet, just visible near Cassiopeia this weekend. Discovered in March by astronomers working at the Sonear – Southern Observatory for Near Earth Asteroids Research  Observatory in Brazil, this comet will pass closest to the Earth on August 29th as it heads back out into the far reaches of it’s orbit. Have no fear of a collision – the comet will still be 84 million km away!

It will be just barely visible with the unaided eye, if you are in dark skies. It will be clear in binoculars or in a small telescope. Look near the left most star of the W shape of Cassiopeia, in the northern part if the sky. There is a good spotting guide at Heavens Above and at this page. Follow how close the comet is getting at The Live Comet Data page.

Enjoy!

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