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comet lovejoy is coming to obx today

Comets and asteroids and meteors, oh my! We learned a lot from this great article by William T. Younger over on the Outer Banks Voice. Not only about Comet Lovejoy, but about the differences between some of those crazy things whizzing through our atmosphere.

Photo from planetsave.com

Photo from planetsave.com

“If you want to see Lovejoy, find the large bow tie-looking constellation, Orion, and look to the right, where Orion might want a football to be before he kicked it. The bow tie is standing almost vertically at 9 p.m., and the knot is twisted counterclockwise.

If you cannot see the comet, take some binoculars and scan the area in front of Orion’s front foot (actually, it is his left foot). Once the Moon comes up, it will be significantly harder to see, but luckily that happens later each day.”

Go to this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a map of the comet’s path during January.www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/

Get educated! Read the rest of the story on the Outer Banks Voice.

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