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Did comet occult bright star last night?

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#1 nytecam

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:05 AM

Did C/2012 K5 Linear occult mag 7.8 star HD29196 [= BD+07 671=GSC 682:1278 spec=A0] in Taurus below the Hyades last night [2013 Jan 11] :question: I watched and recorded the pair for 40 min last night as the comet closed on the star but the comet passed just west [right] of the star from here in London UK but in the Americas it may have occulted the star ! Any reports?

It would have been a perfect opportunity for amateurs and pros to record spectral lines of the comet's coma superimposed on the AO Sirius type star and learn a little more about the comet's make-up! My prelim shots of approach below - good fun :grin: The comet itself is fading from its brightest from 10 days ago.

ps: star HD29196 records as a close double star with comes @ ~210degs.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:14 AM

Looks like it did. Great images. I know Linear has come quite close to quite a few stars.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:19 AM

Really great pictures.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

Thanks for your interest - my video clip of event :grin:

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

Thank you nytecam. Nice work!


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