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    Default Happy New Year! What can we see?



    Happy New Astro Year, all you wonderful people!!

    Btw, does anyone know what astro goodies we can look forward to in the new year? Comets, moving asteroids in the fov, etc?
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    Default Re: Happy New Year! What can we see?

    Happy New Year Milan! I see clouds and rain at the moment, but looking forward Lunar eclipse on Jan 20.
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    Happy new year Milan!
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    Default Re: Happy New Year! What can we see?

    Hello Milan and Happy New Year. Well, Wirtanen is fading so best see that one before it is gone. It's supposed to be visible in binoculars into February as it is now moving from Lynx to Camelopardalis in January...comet T2 Panstarrs is supposed to reach magnitude 10 around November 2019 moving from Auriga into Perseus at that time. So that one would be telescopic - it is supposed to brighten some as it approaches perihelion on May 4th, 2020. I'm afraid it's a relatively thin year for comets but who knows, an interloper may show up coming in from the Oort cloud.

    Edit: I should also add that comet C/2018 V1 was discovered by American observer Don Macholz on November 3rd in the constellation Virgo, along with two Japanese astronomers who also were credited. It's about 10th magnitude right now but may brighten as it approaches perihelion, and scientists say it could become a naked eye object by April/May.
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    Default Re: Happy New Year! What can we see?

    Happy New Year Milan. Here's hoping we can see more than the clouds that plauged 2018.
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    Default Re: Happy New Year! What can we see?

    Happy New Year, Milan!

    We can see clouds and light drizzle and no end in sight!

    Only the Moon otherwise. Haven't seen a clear night with no moon in months, it seems.
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    Default Re: Happy New Year! What can we see?

    Yea, clouds aplenty! For three weeks now at least, with three more weeks coming, I guess. Good thing I got me the new 4mm eyepiece, I will study them in details now until I find a weak spot and bring them down for good! And then all us astronomers can enjoy endless clear skies, muhahahahaaa!!
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