Comet C/2012 X1 (Linear) Is in Outburst

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Comet C/2012 X1 (Linear) Is in Outburst
Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:29 AM

Comet C/2012 X1 (Linear) apparently is undergoing outburst, brightening from 14th magnitude to 8th magnitude.  The outburst may be similar to that of Comet 17P/Holmes in 2007.

Comet C/2012 X1 (Linear) is currently situated in the constellation of Coma Berenices.

Browse http://britastro.org/baa/index.php?view=detail&id=1703&option=com_joomgallery for an image.  A finder chart is posted at http://www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/2012X1/2012X1.html and an ephemeris at http://scully.cfa.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/returnprepeph.cgi?d=c&o=CK12X010          

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:44 PM

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:22 PM

An article on the comet appeared on Spaceweather.com yesterday.

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=22&month=10&year=2013

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:37 PM

Browse http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/comets/2012_X1.pdf for a more detailed finder chart.

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Posted by Aratus on Friday, October 25, 2013 6:46 AM

The outburst is of a similar kind to Comet Holmes, but unfortunately it is a long way from both us and the Sun.     It seems to have an absolute magnitude of around 2.8 if anyone wants to update their planetarium program.   If it kept to that absolute magnitude it would reach 6th magnitude in the early part of next year.  (Big IF, of course)

I think it is worth bagging in binoculars and/or an image through a telescope.

 

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, October 27, 2013 4:28 PM

The coma has grown to some 260 arc seconds in size according to one imager.  Jets are visible in recent images.

http://britastro.org/baa/index.php?view=detail&id=1736&option=com_joomgallery&Itemid=200

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:59 AM

Sic itur ad astra!

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A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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