Comet 252P passes Globular Cluster M14

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This evening and in the early hours the bright comet, 252P LINEAR, passes close to the globular cluster M14 tonight. It is currently midway between M14 and the open cluster NGC 1366. We won’t be able to see it here in the UK until the early pre-dawn hours when it will have moved slightly away. However with a huge coma of around 1 degree, almost twice the apparent diameter of the Moon, it should make a great pairing and will be reasonable close for the next couple of mornings. So set your alarms and lets hope the skies stay clear.

Map shows the position of the comet at 0h UT on each day.
Produced using the planetarium program C2A.


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