Friday, December 3, 2021

Comet Leonard

Coming soon!!

It will be closest to the Earth on December 12, but will be fairly low in the sky by then.  The best time to easily find the comet will be the morning of Monday, December 6, 90 minutes before sunrise.  That'll be around 5:26 a.m. for us in Honolulu. 

The easiest way to find the comet might be to look for the Big Dipper and follow its tail to Arcturus, a bright red/orange star.

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After December 12, the comet will switch to an evening object and can be seen at dusk.  On December 17, the comet will lie close to Venus.  You will need a high vantage point to view.

So, let's try for this coming Monday!  Set your alarm.  Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Will keep my eyes out. Thanks for sharing!


jalna said...

Izsmom, welcome! Hope we get to see it!

Anonymous said...

J, so cool, thanks for the 411. Will have to catch the evening one and hopefully no clouds. N

K and S said...


jalna said...

N, welcome!

Kat, I know! The first comet that I ever saw was in 1973, Comet Kohoutek. It won't be back for another 75,000 years!! It wasn't especially bright because I woke up a bit too late, but it was big. That was so cool!

Anonymous said...

such a bummer that the skies are totally clouded over!!!

jalna said...

V, this morning too. Shucks.

Kay said...

Oh shucks! Missed it.

jalna said...

Kay, I haven't seen it yet either. First it was clouds and then the moon was too bright.