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Comet C/2012 K1 very peculiar

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#1 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 02:26 PM

I sketch comets often but show these sketches seldom here, because they are not especially impressive: Comets have soft borders.
In this case I make an exception: Comet Panstarrs looks very strange. The coma is oval, die axis deviates from the anti-solar direction. The tail shows some wings which are not symmetric. Part of this habitus may be caused by unusual spectrum of dust particles' diameter. May be some kind of outburst or disintegration plays a role.

If you have the chance, please look at this comet. It is in Hercules and can be observed easily in the morning sky.

I used my 32 cm Newtonian and changed magnification between 96x and 144x. A Swan Band filter gave no effect: It is a dust rich comet.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:41 PM


Nice sketch of Comet C/2012 K1 :).




#3 Special Ed

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:08 PM

Thanks for posting your fine observational sketch of C/2012K1 (PanSTARRS) and also thanks for the heads up. I will look at it if the opportunity presents.

This will be a comet to follow since it is predicted to brighten to mag 6-7 by fall of this year.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:47 PM


A very nice capture of this comet.

Frank :)

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