Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Comet C/2012 K5 arrives in Australian Skies
Comet C/2012 K5 is a nice little midrange comet that has been delighting northern viewers. It as now enterd the Southern hemisphere skies, to the north.
The comet is currently around magnitude 9, so you will need really good binoculars, or at least a small telescope, and dark sky to see it.
The comet passes close to some very nice territory, so a wide aperture lens will make for very nice viewing. Tonight the comet is close to the M36 open cluster. It then passes close to the Asteroid Ceres and a number of interesting open clusters. The comet fades reasonably rapidly, but is easily visible in most amateur telescopes for most of January.