Comet 252P LINEAR Is Bright!
Taken by Michael Mattiazzo on March 13, 2016 @ Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia
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Comet 252P LINEAR has surpassed expectations by showing a remarkable rate of brightening, about 0.5 magnitudes per day, over the period May 7 to 14 and is now bordering on naked eye visibility for southern observers.
The very large, diffuse coma is expanding rapidly, from 10 arcminutes on March 7 to 35 arcminutes on March 14. It may reach 1 degree across at closest approach on March 21.
A dark southern sky and a good pair of binoculars is essential.
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Nice image! What f-ratio is your 200mm please?
Posted by davefriend0 2016-03-18 08:04:05
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