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Comets in 2017  On this page will be given more details when to observe plus maps and sightings for the comets visible this  year. Always remember that comets are very unpredictable and may not reach the hoped for brightness or  suddenly have an outburst becoming very bright. Thats why they are so interesting to watch.  45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova   From the GAC the comet is not well placed in the early evening sky due to being too far into the bright  twilight. By the end of Jan it moves into the morning sky it climbs rapidly away from the Sun over the  following days heading towards Aquila (the Eagle) so it will be well placed in the pre dawn sky by 5th Feb  when it should be visible in large binoculars / small telescopes at +8 mag. The comet is predicted to fade  slowly so it should become easier to see being much higher in darker skies.   Though it is initially a morning object, it quickly becomes visible all night after closest approach to Earth of  0.084 AU on morning of 11th Feb.  By the 29th Feb it could have faded below 10th mag requiring a  telescope to see it.   A wide-field imaging opportunity comes at 15th / 16th Feb when the comet passes 4° from M3 Globular  Cluster in Coma Berenices.  Best periods to view are:   5th Feb to 9th Feb 15th Feb to 22nd Feb 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak  The comet should become visisble in large telescopes in the evening sky from 22nd Feb when it is in Leo.  The Moon is out of the way until 6th March after which it wll become difficult to see until the 13th March. By  this time the comet is in Ursa Major and should be visisble in large binoculars / small telescopes. It will  remain visible until the bright Moonlight effects it from 4th to 11th April. The comet will reach maximum  brightness of +7 mag on 12th April, it is closest to the Earth at 0.15 AU on 7th April. While the comet will  fade it should remain visible into May when we are likely to loose it in the lighter early Summer night sky.  A wide-field imaging opportunity comes at the end of April when the comet passes 6° from M92 in Hercules.  Best periods to view are:   22nd Feb to 8th March 15th March to 5th April.   12th April to 5th May  2015 V2 (Johnson) The comet is currently a morning object in Bootes and is very faint. By early Feb it should brighten to +9  mag and be well placed for viewing from the UK prior to perihelion in June, reaching around 6th or 7th  magnitude. A morning object at the start of the year, it is  sufficiently high in northern skies by 17th Feb to  be visible in the late evening, when it could be visible in  large binoculars / small telescope. It reaches  opposition at the end of May, when it should be an easy binocular object.  Best periods to view are:   17th Feb to 8th March 15th March to 5th April.   12th April to 5th May  14th Apr comet 2015 V2 (Johnson) and comet 41P will be only 10 deg apart in Hercules. 
Track of Comet 45P
45P near M3
Track of Comet 45P
Track of Comet V2 Johnson 
Comets
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Comets in 2017  On this page will be given more details when to observe plus  maps and sightings for the comets visible this year.  Always remember that comets are very unpredictable and may  not reach the hoped for brightness or suddenly have an  outburst becoming very bright. Thats why they are so  interesting to watch.  45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova   From the GAC the comet is not well placed in the early  evening sky due to being too far into the bright twilight. By  the end of Jan it moves into the morning sky it climbs rapidly  away from the Sun over the following days heading towards  Aquila (the Eagle) so it will be well placed in the pre dawn sky  by 5th Feb when it should be visible in large binoculars / small  telescopes at +8 mag. The comet is predicted to fade slowly  so it should become easier to see being much higher in darker  skies.   Though it is initially a morning object, it quickly becomes  visible all night after closest approach to Earth of 0.084 AU on  morning of 11th Feb.  By the 29th Feb it could have faded  below 10th mag requiring a telescope to see it.   A wide-field imaging opportunity comes at 15th / 16th Feb  when the comet passes 4° from M3 Globular Cluster in Coma  Berenices.  Best periods to view are:   5th Feb to 9th Feb 15th Feb to 22nd Feb 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak  The comet should become visisble in large telescopes in the  evening sky from 22nd Feb when it is in Leo. The Moon is out  of the way until 6th March after which it wll become difficult to  see until the 13th March. By this time the comet is in Ursa  Major and should be visisble in large binoculars / small  telescopes. It will remain visible until the bright Moonlight  effects it from 4th to 11th April. The comet will reach  maximum brightness of +7 mag on 12th April, it is closest to  the Earth at 0.15 AU on 7th April. While the comet will fade it  should remain visible into May when we are likely to loose it in  the lighter early Summer night sky.  A wide-field imaging opportunity comes at the end of April  when the comet passes 6° from M92 in Hercules.  Best periods to view are:   22nd Feb to 8th March 15th March to 5th April.   12th April to 5th May  2015 V2 (Johnson) The comet is currently a morning object in Bootes and is very  faint. By early Feb it should brighten to +9 mag and be well  placed for viewing from the UK prior to perihelion in June,  reaching around 6th or 7th magnitude. A morning object at  the start of the year, it is  sufficiently high in northern skies by  17th Feb to be visible in the late evening, when it could be  visible in  large binoculars / small telescope. It reaches  opposition at the end of May, when it should be an easy  binocular object.  Best periods to view are:   17th Feb to 8th March 15th March to 5th April.   12th April to 5th May  14th Apr comet 2015 V2 (Johnson) and comet 41P will be only  10 deg apart in Hercules. 
Track of Comet 45P
45P near M3
Track of Comet V2 Johnson 
Track of Comet 45P
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Comets in 2017  On this page will be given more details when to observe plus  maps and sightings for the comets visible this year.  Always remember that comets are very unpredictable and may  not reach the hoped for brightness or suddenly have an outburst  becoming very bright. Thats why they are so interesting to watch.  45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova   From the GAC the comet is not well placed in the early evening  sky due to being too far into the bright twilight. By the end of Jan  it moves into the morning sky it climbs rapidly away from the Sun  over the following days heading towards Aquila (the Eagle) so it  will be well placed in the pre dawn sky by 5th Feb when it should  be visible in large binoculars / small telescopes at +8 mag. The  comet is predicted to fade slowly so it should become easier to  see being much higher in darker skies.   Though it is initially a morning object, it quickly becomes visible  all night after closest approach to Earth of 0.084 AU on morning  of 11th Feb.  By the 29th Feb it could have faded below 10th mag  requiring a telescope to see it.   A wide-field imaging opportunity comes at 15th / 16th Feb when  the comet passes 4° from M3 Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices.  Best periods to view are:   5th Feb to 9th Feb 15th Feb to 22nd Feb 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak  The comet should become visisble in large telescopes in the  evening sky from 22nd Feb when it is in Leo. The Moon is out of  the way until 6th March after which it wll become difficult to see  until the 13th March. By this time the comet is in Ursa Major and  should be visisble in large binoculars / small telescopes. It will  remain visible until the bright Moonlight effects it from 4th to 11th  April. The comet will reach maximum brightness of +7 mag on  12th April, it is closest to the Earth at 0.15 AU on 7th April. While  the comet will fade it should remain visible into May when we are  likely to loose it in the lighter early Summer night sky.  A wide-field imaging opportunity comes at the end of April when  the comet passes 6° from M92 in Hercules.  Best periods to view are:   22nd Feb to 8th March 15th March to 5th April.   12th April to 5th May  2015 V2 (Johnson) The comet is currently a morning object in Bootes and is very  faint. By early Feb it should brighten to +9 mag and be well  placed for viewing from the UK prior to perihelion in June,  reaching around 6th or 7th magnitude. A morning object at the  start of the year, it is  sufficiently high in northern skies by 17th  Feb to be visible in the late evening, when it could be visible in   large binoculars / small telescope. It reaches opposition at the  end of May, when it should be an easy binocular object.  Best periods to view are:   17th Feb to 8th March 15th March to 5th April.   12th April to 5th May  14th Apr comet 2015 V2 (Johnson) and comet 41P will be only 10  deg apart in Hercules. 
Track of Comet 45P
45P near M3
Track of Comet 45P
Track of Comet V2 Johnson