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GrapesOfWrath
2001-Dec-01, 02:29 PM
Has anyone checked out the latest Comet LINEAR lately? Sky and Telescope (http://www.skypub.com/sights/skyevents/0112skyevents.shtml) has a finder chart, and says it should be naked eye by next week.

Mr. X
2001-Dec-02, 03:40 AM
Damn, so many comets, so little time!

GrapesOfWrath
2001-Dec-02, 01:13 PM
Not too many naked eye ones, though.

David Hall
2001-Dec-02, 08:47 PM
Linear, Linear A, Linear 2000/A2. Linear 2.5, Linear Pi_r^2. Whoever this Linear guy is, he's spending entirely too much time at his telescope. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

<font size=-1>(That's just a joke. Of course I know what LINEAR really is. Still, my head is swimming with all these similarly named comets.)</font>

Anyway, it looks like this one is going to be pretty hard for me to spot. It's in an area that's pretty close to daylight now, and I have to work late most evenings. Too bad it wasn't visible last month during the Leonid shower. It would have been a nice bonus to spot, even if only in binoculars (Which is all I have right now).

David Hall
2001-Dec-02, 08:56 PM
Well, since this made me curious, I just checked on the LINEAR statistics to see how many comets it's actually spotted. Looks like about 60 so far.

http://www.ll.mit.edu/LINEAR/neos.html

I'm also curious as to the "Unusual Objects" listed at the bottom. The data in the links doesn't say what they actually could be.

GrapesOfWrath
2001-Dec-07, 07:00 AM
Right now, about 8pm, it should be about south, and a little less than forty degrees up in the sky, about mag. 5.0 (http://encke.jpl.nasa.gov/RecentObs.html#00WM1). Should be easy to find...