Comet Lulin – brightening to naked eye visibility

UPDATE FROM SPACEWEATHER.COM (check out spaceweather.com for finder charts and the latest images):

Comet Lulin is approaching Earth and is rapidly brightening.  Observers say it is now visible to the naked eye as a faint (magnitude +5.6) gassy patch in the constellation Virgo before dawn. Even city dwellers have seen it.  Backyard telescopes reveal a vivid green comet in obvious motion. Just yesterday, amateur astronomers watched as a solar wind gust tore away part of the comet’s tail, the second time this month such a thing has happened. Lulin’s closest approach to Earth (38 million miles) is on Feb. 24th; at that time the comet could be two or three times brighter than it is now.

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Posted on 19 February, 2009, in Astronomy News, Popular Science and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Comet Lulin – brightening to naked eye visibility.

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