Tuesday, October 4, 2011

1485m 2011/10/03–04

1485m 2011/10/03–04 04:30–06:30 EDT Foxmead upstairs E window 8 7x50b ne

Looking for Comet Elenin. This comet was hit by a CME on August 19 and passed perihelion on September 10, both of which appeared to cause it to disintegrate. It was not visible when in the field of SOHO's LASCO C3 camera last week. This morning was the first chance for a visual observation. i woke up at 4:30, before the comet would have risen. When i next woke up at 6:30, the sky was too bright; all I could see were the second magnitude stars in the triangle of Leo, but not the fourth magnitude stars (Iota and Sigma) below it which bracketed Elenin's position. I'll try again tomorrow morning.

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