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Comet Iwamoto (2018 Y1)

This Comet was discovered in December 2018. During February 2019 it moves rapidly NW into the evening sky. Perhelion is on 7 Feb 2019 and the Comet will be nearest the Earth 5 days later.

Like Comet Wirtanen, it is a low surface brightness object. It passes just a few arcminutes N of Theta Gem at 0 h UT on 20-21 Feb 2019. On 24-25 Feb (at 0 h UT) it passes 2.0° S of Theta Aur.

It best seen in a dark site, with binoculars or a wide-field telescope.

Useful Websites & Resources

British Astronomical Association publisher of the BAA Handbook
DIAS with details of the public nights at Dunsink Obs.
Guide 9.1
AAVSO with VSP for plotting charts
BAA Comet Visual Section
IMO Meteors
NASA Eclipse by F. Espenak

Irish Star Parties

Cosmos Star Party
Galway Astronomy Festival
Mayo Dark Sky Festival
Skellig Star Party