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The Comet and the Cluster
Comet Garrardd (C/2009 P1) is making a pass through the inner solar system. Early Febuary 3rd it came near Messier 92, a globular cluster in the constellation Hercules. Diatomic carbon (C2) is common in comets giving them a green glow. While its too faint for the naked eye, its an easy telescope target. It will make it closest approach to Earth on 3/5 at 1.27 AU. Captured with a Borg 71FL astrograph and Canon T2i (9 min, ISO 1600) from Alamogordo, NM.
2012_01_17_Sun_SV80ED_CaK_LRdecon_f14.jpg Jupiter_2012_01_03_C6_f25_LR_deconvolution-3it.jpg C_2009_P1_Garradd_2012_02_03_71FL_T2i_9min.jpg 2011_12_27_AR1384_prom_PST.jpg Mars_2012_02_18_C6_f25.jpg
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