Space Weather News for Dec. 29, 2007
New Year Comet
After a 13.6 year absence, Comet 8P/Tuttle is once again traveling through the inner solar system.
On Jan. 1 and 2, 2008, it makes its closest approach to Earth–only 24 million miles away. The
emerald-colored comet will brighten to a predicted magnitude of 5.8, visible to the unaided eye
dark-sky sites and a fine target for backyard telescopes anywhere.
Two nights before closest approach, on Dec. 30th and 31st, something extraordinary will happen:
Comet 8P/Tuttle has a beautiful close encounter with spiral galaxy M33. The comet and the galaxy
even overlap! This is a can’t-miss opportunity for astrophotographers around the world.
Visit http://spaceweather.com for sky maps, photos and more information.