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#206865 - 02/02/23 11:58 AM The Green Comet
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Has anyone else seen the “Green Comet?

https://www.space.com/comet-c2022-e3-ztf-closest-approach-feb-1

Returns every 50,000 years, so if you miss it this time, you’re SOL. I’ve managed to spot it with binoculars from my house in downtown Napa, but it was quiet dim. Unimpressive, if it weren’t for the idea of the thing. If I had access to darker skies I’m sure it would be better, but with clouds coming in the next couple of days, maybe that’s as good as I will get.

This is a time where those dark Sierra skies would really be nice–as would those warmer summer temps! And by the way, astrophotography is one of the great inflators of expectations. What you see through an astrocamera with a time-lapse exposure ain’t what you’re gonna see with your naked eye.


Edited by balzaccom (02/02/23 11:58 AM)
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#206872 - 02/06/23 09:38 AM Re: The Green Comet [Re: balzaccom]
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Was able to spot it again last night, despite the full moon. (i went out early, before the moon got too high in the sky.)

It seemed brighter and easier to see--although that may simplyi have had to do with the sky being a little darker last night. Still worth an effort with binoculars!
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#206874 - 02/06/23 04:29 PM Re: The Green Comet [Re: balzaccom]
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I tried but the eyesight is not good enough anymore, legally blind. A couple weeks ago I did get a new iPhone 14 pro max and tried an image of Mars. The pleiades, a star cluster I couldn’t see at the time did show up in that image which I found amazing. It was somewhat disappointing that the comet wasn’t in Sky Guide, the sky app I use. I find this sort of thing very interesting.

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