Comet 103P / Hartley 2

There are three comets to look out for the next few months and into next year.

These are, Comet 2P / Encke, 29P / Schwassman-Wachmann and 103P / Hartley 2.

Here’s the details and map for Comet 103P / Hartley 2.

103P / Hartley 2 is currently moving away from the constellation of Auriga, into Gemini.
It is very high up at 70° just before dawn so should be easy to follow for quite a while.

The comet is currently about 11th magnitude, but it could reach a peak brightness of magnitude 7.9 by the end of October.

The comet passes a few objects along the way, which should make it a bit easier to find.

On the 5th of October, 103P is right on the body line of Castor in Gemini.

After passing between the twins on the 8th, it passes very close to the planetary nebula NGC2392, the Eskimo Nebula.

As the comet brightens we can follow it into the lower part of Cancer and onto Hydra (Not shown)

After this, the comet heads south, but as it slows, it should remain visible until next April.

Please Note: The Comet appears bigger on my map than it will (in the rear view mirror? 😁).







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