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Thursday, February 19

Look out for Lulin !

Comet Lulin is currently visible in Binoculars passing through the southern sky.

At the moment you need to stay up after midnight to see it but in the comming week it will move into the evening sky, passing below Saturn (in the south east around 11pm) on 23/24th February when it should at its maximum brightness, possibly even visible with the unaided eye from a dark site.

It then continues its westward path, becoming visible earlier in the evening until it passes close to Regulus on 27/28th. From then on it will fade rapidly as it rushes away from us to be lost in the waxing moonlight.

Detailed charts can be found on the Society for Popular Astronomy website and Sky and Telescope are publishing observing reports.

Good Observing!


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