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2004 Skies

October Skies (2004)

Aug 02 2005 09:11 AM | cookman in 2004 Skies

This is the last hurrah for Comet C/2001 Q4 Neat as it rapidly ascends away from the plane of the solar system. In October it moves through Ursa Minor, along the handle of the Little Dipper. During the middle of the

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November Skies (2004)

Aug 02 2005 09:02 AM | cookman in 2004 Skies

In early November, look for 5th magnitude Comet C/2003 K4 Linear in Corvus before sunrise. Venus and Jupiter dominate the eastern sky and the comet will be closer to the horizon in the southeast. It passed perihelion

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June Skies (2004)

Aug 02 2005 08:29 AM | cookman in 2004 Skies

Comet tails are typically at their maximum when the comet circuits closest to the Sun, and Earth currently has the good fortune to be located in the same quadrant as the perihelion points for both Comet Linear and Comet

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July Skies (2004)

Aug 02 2005 08:26 AM | cookman in 2004 Skies

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

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January Skies (2004)

Jul 29 2005 12:42 PM | cookman in 2004 Skies

In January, Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2) moves through Taurus and eastern Aries, and bypasses Triangulum. It then plunges through Perseus into Cassiopeia. It will appear immediately west of the Pleiades Star Cluster

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February Skies (2004)

Jul 29 2005 12:33 PM | cookman in 2004 Skies

Comet 2P/Enke moves through Capricornus and Sagittarius in February and can be seen with a telescope in the morning sky as it continues its retreat from the inner solar system

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December Skies (2004)

Jul 29 2005 12:08 PM | cookman in 2004 Skies

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

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August Skies (2004)

Mar 31 2005 12:08 PM | cookman in 2004 Skies

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

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April Skies (2004)

Mar 31 2005 12:06 PM | cookman in 2004 Skies

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.

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