Flintstone Stargazing

February 21, 2009

Comet Lulin – C/2007 N3 – on 2/20/09

Comet Lulin, which was discovered by a Chinese teenager in 2007, was actually just barely visible to the naked eye last night once it was high in the sky. In binoculars it was like a cotton ball and through the scope I could see a hint of detail. This image is a 50 minute exposure, tracking on the comet. You can see how quickly it is moving against the background stars. While watching the computer stack the images, I could see the comet move a bit in every frame. I’m not sure whether I’ll have good weather in the next few days, but the Comet will (I believe) peak in brightness on Monday morning.

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