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Comet C/2001 Q4 Neat is in the head of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, and will move into the cup of the Big Dipper by the middle of July. On July 21st it will be between the two end stars of the cup (yellow-white Alpha and blue-white Beta) which are separated by 5 degrees. Look about 2
It should be a fine sight in binoculars at 5th magnitude and will brighten to 4th magnitude when it peaks in January. The new and crescent Moons will not compete with the light of the comet during the middle of December, but the waxing Moon will produce an increasing amount of glare in the latter part of the month
Following Galileo's planetary discoveries using his refined telescopes, mid-17th century European astronomers, physicists, and mathematicians immersed themselves in a series of new planetary discoveries. They made significant advances in mathematics and physics as they attempted to unravel the behavior of the newfound objects and develop new technology to enhance their studies. The ground breaking accomplishments of the Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens include the discovery of Saturn's largest moons and an accurate description of the shape of the rings. The
Comet C/2002 T7 Linear is lost in the sunset for most of early April. It passes perihelion in mid-month and during the rest of April, we hope that it will reappear low in the southern morning sky as a 3rd magnitude well defined comet. It may rise to 2nd magnitude by the end of April and get even brighter in May.