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Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit

The Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit will observe Comet 46P.

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  • Davis-Explorit Astronomy Club
When Dec 15, 2018
from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Explorit Science Center
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Comet 46P/Wirtanen

 

Comet 46P/Wirtanen is a celestial gift for observers everywhere this holiday season. This icy dirty snowball, discovered by Carl Wirtanen in 1948, is a short-period comet that currently passes earth every 5.4 years. Comet 46P is the brightest and closest comet in 2018 and will make it closest approach to earth on December 16 at 5:06 am after making its closest approach to the sun on December 12. At its closest, Comet 46P will be only 30 times further away than the moon and is projected to be bright enough to see all night with unaided eyes as a fuzzy greenish-blue object in the zodiac constellation of Taurus between the bright red giant star Aldebaran and the open star cluster Pleiades.

 

 

Join the Davis Astronomy Club on Saturday, December 15, starting at 7:00pm at the Explorit Science Center (3141 5th Street, Davis) for a special meeting to observe Comet 46P. Everyone is invited to the free meeting indoors, followed by a star party outdoors where we will observe the Moon, planets, stars, etc.
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