Mercury Transit 2016

4th May 2016 CometWatch Admin 0

Mercury Transit 2016

On Monday 9th May 2016 the planet Mercury transited across the Sun. The event was visible from the America’s, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, most and of Asia. From start the finish the transit lasted around 7 hours so. The last transit of Mercury was in 2006. There will be another one in 2019 which is barely visible from the UK and the next one after that is not until 2032!

Comet 252P/Linear Double Flyby

22nd March 2016 CometWatch Admin 0

After Comet 252P Linear’s Closest approach on Monday, its much fainter companion is making an even closer encounter with Earth on Tuesday 22nd. Discovered much more recently than its bigger brother, 2016 BA14 will flyby at a distance of just 9 lunar distances, or 2.1 million miles. This makes it the second closest approach of any comet in history (the last being this close was way back in 1770). [Read more…]

Comet 252P/Linear Close Approach to Earth

18th March 2016 CometWatch Admin 0

Comet 252/P Linear

On March 21st, Comet 252p/Linear will make a close approach to Earth at a distance of only 0.036AU (33.5 Million Miles). This makes it the 5th closest cometary approach to Earth on record! Normally a dim comet, Linear’s rapid brightening has surprised everyone’s expectations. It is now an easy target for backyard telescopes and binoculars on the edge of naked eye visibility.

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Halloween Asteroid Flyby

26th October 2015 mattc_uk 0

VISIT LIVE WEBCAST PAGE Discovery, Size and Speed Asteroid 2015 TB145 was first discovered on 10 October 2015 by the Pan-STARRS survey system. The object […]

Here comes Comet Panstarrs

13th July 2015 mattc_uk 0

Comet C/2014 Q1 Panstarrs is slowly coming out of transit from the sun this month to grace the skiesĀ for Southern Hemisphere observers. Observations currently place […]

Comet Tenagra in Outburst

29th May 2015 mattc_uk 0

Discovered in February 2013, a distant Comet has been observed brightening significantly throughout the last few months. Comet Tenagra (2013 C2) should normally be around […]

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