ALERT! Comet 29P in outburst again!
Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 10:38PM
Ian Musgrave in Alerts, Comet 29P, Comets, Outburst, alert, outburst

Location of comet 29P as seen from the SSO scopes at 1 pm local time as it transits the meridian. The small rectangle is the field fo view of T9. click to embiggen.

Comet 29P is known for it irregular outbursts. It has recently undergone a series of four outbursts in 13 days, reacing magnitude 13.5 (from magnitude 15.7!). It has been reported yesterday that it has undergone another outburst, so far of a modest 0.8 magnitudes.

Observations are required to follow the progress of this outburst.

The comet is in Capricorn, between gamma and iota Capricornii. The comet is visible from both southern a nrthern scops, although the Southern scopes have the best view. The comet Transits at around 1 am local time, however the waxing Moon will make observations increasingly difficult.

MPEC one line ephemeris:

0029P         2019 03 07.7582  5.766822  0.043032   47.7745  312.3946    9.3683  20190318   4.0  4.0    29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

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