Comet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova emerges from evening twilight

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/12/21 0108UT
66mm Refractor f/6 Telescope and ST-402 CCD Camera
Comet 45P will brighten to Magnitude 6? on February 11 when it will pass about 8 million miles from Earth in our morning sky. Unfortunately there will be a full Moon, but binoculars might show a nice comet with a long tail 50 degrees above the eastern horizon at 4AM. The images were taken at the end of dusk with the comet 9 degrees above the southwest skies of Denver as it was getting ready to set. The mono image shows a magnitude 10 comet with a faint, narrow tail 1/2 degree long. The tail was not visible in the color image.
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