Amateur Astronomy Sky this Week for May 30 to June 5, 2010

The asteroid Ceres passes through Messier 8 the lagoon nebula on Monday and Tuesday evening — photo op!

Only 3 hours and 17 minutes of astronomical darkness on Saturday evening. Not many mosquitoes yet fortunately.

Comet C2008 R1 (McNaught) is now about magnitude 7.8 and expected to brighten as it nears the Sun, may get to magnitude 2 according to some predictions. Take a look around 4:15 am.

Duration : 0:4:32

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Amateur Astronomy Sky this Week for May 30 to June 5, 2010 — 14 Comments

  1. @van1976 Appreciate …
    @van1976 Appreciate you taking your valuable time to view!

  2. @uggles2 Magnitude …
    @uggles2 Magnitude predictions show it will reach magnitude +2 on July 1. It will still be above the horizon then but low. Should be best around about June 25th + or – a few days as it will rise reasonably early and so be a ways above the horizon and in the 3 or 4th magnitude range. Recent images show a tail. It as some potential I think.

  3. @BoulderBigJim Gary …
    @BoulderBigJim Gary did a few good ones, will do!

  4. Vern. Good job, …
    Vern. Good job, but you should update your Jupiter photo with one of Gary’s recent photos that shows that the SEQ band has changed colors from brown to white. Climate change on Jupiter!!!

  5. I always look …
    I always look forward to these videos. Very educational, thanks for sharing.

  6. when do you think …
    when do you think McNaught will reach magnitude? sometime this week or will you make another video about it?

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