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“Christmas Comet” 46P Wirtanen – 2018 Close Approach Information - Comet Wirtanen swings by the Sun every 5.5 years or so, and because of this orbital period it can vary Read More

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December : Comet 46/P Wirtanen takes center stage this month with it’s closest approach around Dec 16th/17th. Read our guide for finding Comet Wirtanen. The month begins and ends with evening darkness suitable for astrophotography with the new moon and the late rising moon. The Pleiades is an excellent cluster with reflection nebulosity to try and capture for widefield or low mag scopes, and of course the Orion region climbs high earlier and earlier each night so M42, The Horsehead, Rosette are all popular targets. Advanced astronomers might like to try capturing M78 or the Witch Head nebula which are more challenging.


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