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March Night Sky Notes: Comet 12P/Pons/Brooks

Comet 12P/Pons–Brooks is one of a handful of bright comets in the sky in 2024 that have got comet-chasers and astronomers talking.

12 P/Pons-Brooks is predicted to brighten from mag. 7.1 to 5.2 throughout March, the latter value taking it close to naked-eye territory.

On 12 March, Comet 12P/Pons–Brooks is just shy of 2° north of mag. 3.2 Delta (δ) Andromedae, zipping past this star over the following evenings before exiting Andromeda and entering Pisces just before midnight on 14 March

It will then pass through the ill-defined northern fish of Pisces, tracking southeast to arrive at a position close to mag. 2.0 Hamal (Alpha (α) Arietis).

On the evening of 31 March, comet 12P/Pons–Brooks lies less than half a degree from this star.

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Asterisms Through the Seasons

Owl Cluster

Finding the Owl Cluster in the Night Sky

To find the Owl Cluster start by finding the constellation Cassiopeia,Then identifying the star Ruchbah in the W of Cassiopeia. With Binoculars or a low power eyepiece (25mm) in your telescope’s focuser, trace out a short line to the RIGHT of Ruchbah and the cluster will come into view.This is a real Hoot to find and looks good in any eyepiece give it ago ,Have fun.

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