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Got to see this one a few nights ago before Christmas and since then it has been cloudy and a bit of rain, looked at it through my 20X60 Binoculars and it looked like a small Nebulous white ball whithout any kind of tail although stronger equipment may show one present so I will try and set up my 20X100 Big mounted Binoculars to have a look at it if we get some clear night skies before the end of 2007-from reports it should be at its best in early January 2008 so I will be having a look then as well.


Colin James Watling-Head of the Comet Section for Lyra
(Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers)
lyrandgyastronomers.blogspot.com



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8p Tuttle-2008-1-3-19h40m

Note: The comet will pass close to  M33  on  30th December.

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Comet 8P/Tuttle is approaching its maximum brightness as it crosses Cassiopeia during this week, and will become bright enough to see with the naked eye from a dark site.
The comet will appear as a round, diffused greenish white glow in a pair of binoculars.
During January, the comet will  rapidly move southwards through  Eridanus by the end of the month.

Comet 8P/Tuttle, is a periodic comet that reappears in the inner solar system every 13.6 years.
On January 2, 2008 it will pass Earth at a distance of only 0.25 AU.

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Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase   m1   

2007 12 16 00 06.81 +71 45.5 0.399 1.207 114.8 47.8 7.6
2007 12 21 00 43.02 +62 27.2 0.334 1.170 116.3 48.9 7.0
2007 12 26 01 10.65 +48 43.2 0.282 1.137 116.2 50.9 6.4
2007 12 31 01 32.45 +30 19.2 0.255 1.107 112.6 55.1 5.9
2008 01 05 01 50.19 +10 07.2 0.259 1.081 105.3 61.3 5.7
2008 01 10 02 05.01 -07 19.3 0.292 1.060 97.0 67.1 5.8
2008 01 15 02 17.68 -20 10.4 0.346 1.044 90.2 70.5 6.1
2008 01 20 02 28.69 -29 11.6 0.410 1.033 85.1 71.6 6.3
2008 01 25 02 38.41 -35 36.3 0.479 1.028 81.3 71.2 6.6
2008 01 30 02 47.17 -40 18.7 0.550 1.028 78.5 69.9 6.9


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8P/Tuttle is a periodic comet in our solar system.
Comet 8P/Tuttle is responsible for the Ursids meteor shower in late December.

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This comet may reach mag 6 in January.
Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase   m1    
2007 12 01 20 48.66 +83 44.7 0.631 1.333 109.0 44.4 9.5
2007 12 06 22 11.96 +81 36.6 0.551 1.289 110.9 45.6 8.9
2007 12 11 23 17.97 +77 49.5 0.473 1.247 112.8 46.7 8.3
2007 12 16 00 06.81 +71 45.5 0.399 1.207 114.8 47.8 7.6
2007 12 21 00 43.02 +62 27.2 0.334 1.170 116.3 48.9 7.0
2007 12 26 01 10.65 +48 43.2 0.282 1.137 116.2 50.9 6.4
2007 12 31 01 32.45 +30 19.2 0.255 1.107 112.6 55.1 5.9




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