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Important announcementChanges to our activities due to the corona virusRegular meetings and public events suspendedOnline and networked activities coming for membersStay tuned for new activitiesWe can still enjoy the night sky together
Well...a year ago Team MBO was taking part in the Belgrave Lantern Parade with our fabulous Solar System lanterns. This year is quite different...but here is a flashback. Hope to all be there next year and hope to get back to MBO life even sooner. Happy Winter Solstice! ... See MoreSee Less
Comet U6 Lemmon is about to reach peak brightness in the evening sky – but hold on a minute! You are going to need binoculars to see it, it doesn’t have a tail, and you could mistake some other object for it.
It’s been a while since we had a decent comet in the sky. There were two hopeful ones earlier this year but they both broke up before delivering the goods. This one is nicely placed in the evening sky, but it’s just a green blob without a tail – which is what most comets look like, actually. It is close to magnitude 6, which means if you are in a dark location away from light pollution you may be able to see it with the unaided eye, but most of us will need to grab some binoculars. Peak brightness should be on June 18th.
It is currently about half-way up in the west after dark, and will be moving northwards as the days go on. At the moment it is still close to two bright deep sky objects known as M46 and M47, both open clusters of stars, and one a bit more comet-like than the other. So you may look up there and think there are three comets? To help I’ve attached a chart from Matt Mattiazo’s website members.westnet.com.au/mmatti/webpage/2019U6_Lemmon.htm to help you out.
Good luck, and here’s hoping an even brighter comet swings by soon. ... See MoreSee Less