Sunday, 2 January 2011

Comet Fishing, by Malcolm Hartley

I cast my metaphorical rod into the waters of Monoceros, the Unicorn to find once again the huge comet Malcolm Hartley had discovered, swimming along the Milky Way. This comet has confined itself to the river of the night. I had spotted it near the double cluster in Perseus from a secret ultra rural site where I met with fellow astronomer friends, and now it had made its way through Perseus, Auriga and Gemini, heading for the double clusters of M46 and M47 in Puppis. Standing on an old Yellow Pages, I craned my neck up to the eyepiece to see a rather diffuse and dim glow. I snapped a quick sequence of 10 second shots, on which I could still see the movement when I flicked through them. Image taken 02:00UT 15/11/10.

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