My challenge for the next two days (Clear Sky Chart is predicting clear skies) is to observe and capture comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova. It should be relatively easy to locate by hopping from Venus then down the bright stars of Capricorn starting with Delta, Gamma, Iota and ending with Theta. Then half a degree to the left of Theta Cap is magnitude 6 star HD201057. Comet 45P at magnitude 7 should be just next to that star.
The challenge will be its position low near the horizon, I may have obstructions before it sets. And the twilight may not be dark enough for a magnitude 7 object. The viewing time window will be quite small…wait for darkness and it will fall out of view.
No need for telescope, it’s also a binocular object.
45P is the 45th periodic comet (Halley being the 1st identified periodic comet) with a 5.3 year period. Its orbit swings from just past Jupiter to in between Mercury and Venus.
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