From: "Eileen M. Bendixsen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Comet Alert
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 23:18:50 GMT
Errors-to: email@example.com Since the upcoming Comet Hale-Bopp has been mentioned several times in past discussions I thought some of you might be interested in this message that was posted on Kidsphere. Eileen Date: Sun, 13 Oct 1996 21:56:50 -0500 From: Bob Riddle <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Comet Alert Organization: KCMSD Planetarium Greetings: Two naked-eye comets are currently visible in the evening and/or morning skies. ^^^ ^^^^^^ Comet Hale-Bopp (1995 O1)continues inbound toward the sun and close approach to the Earth next March. Presently it is located along the eastern side of Ophiuchus. It is visible with binoculars and in dark enough skies visible to the naked eye. This area of the sky sets about 2 hours after the sun. Comet Tabur (C/1996Q1) was discovered by Vello Tabur of Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory on 21 August. Closest approach to the Earth was last week and the comet is now bright enough to be seen with binoculars. During October Comet Tabur passes beneath the handle of the Big Dipper asterism. This month offers two viewing opportunities as the Big Dipper is above the northwestern horizon before sunset, and is above the northeastern horizon before sunrise. It is very well-placed for viewers in the northern hemisphere, but unfortunately has moved to far to the north for southern hemisphere viewing. Caveat Observer: The lunar cycle started 12 October. The waxing moon will be in the evening sky and may provide enough light to interfere with seeing Comet Tabur. Check your local times for moonset and moonrise times so that observing cam be done after moonset or in about a week before moonrise. I've made a basic star chart showing the position of Comet Tabur at 5-day intervals. It is at: http://oz.sunflower.org/~starwalk/current_sky.html Additional info may be found by using any search engine to match "Comet Tabur" Clear Skies... Bob Riddle, Director mailto:email@example.com KCMSD Planetarium http://www.tyrell.net/~starwalk/kcmsd_planetarium.html Kansas City, MO.