Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors
Astrophotography © Brian A. Morganti
Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd
Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Gordon Garradd is visible in October 2011 through all binoculars and small telescopes as a high evening object glowing at magnitude 7 . It has a bright green head (coma), a sharp nucleus and a short but well defined tail . The cometís location in early October 2011 is in Hercules. Garradd will peak in brightness from October 2011 to March 2012 at around magnitude 6, so it could be visible with the naked eye from moderately dark sky locations. Comet Garradd is progressing westward at a slow pace that will slow down even more in the coming months. Since Hale-Bopp no comet has been visible so bright for so long for observers at mid-northern latitudes. Closest approach to Earth will be March 5th, 2012 when Comet Garradd will be 117.7 million miles away.
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