Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Image of the Day: Comet C/2007 W1 (Boattini)

Astronomer Andrea Boattini discovered Comet C/2007 W1 (Boattini) on November 20 as part of the Mt. Lemmon survey designed to locate near-Earth asteroids. Today is your best chance to see the comet as the Moon moves deeper into the night.

Click the image to see the story.

Twilight falls around 10 PM 'round these parts tonight, and the Moon makes its appearance soon after. Fortunately, the Moon rises around 50 minutes later each night, so you have a better chance to see Boattini over the next week. Boattini currently glows low in the southwestern sky after nightfall in the constellation Canis Minor. Here's a map of where to find it:

Click the image to see more comet-finding info and photos.

After May 25, Boattini will vanish amid the Sun's glare. In early July, the comet reappears at its brightest (at least 5th magnitude) in the predawn sky.

Tags: astronomy

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