Video transcript of meeting
Members’ photos, sketches and observations of comets past, including some famous ones!
- 2015 Lovejoy – Sherry Buttnor photo
- Observing Highlights – website archive 1995-2013
- 2013 – 2012 S1 (ISON) , 2013 R1 (Lovejoy), 2012 X1 (LINEAR), 2013 V3 (Nevski), 2P/Encke, Panstarrs (C2011/L4).
- 2012 – 168P-Hergenrother, 2009 P1 Garradd
- 2011 – Comet 2009 P1 Garradd
- 2010 – Hartley, C/2009 R1 McNaught
- 2009 – C/2007 N3 Lulin, Kushida 144P
- 2008 – no comets observed
- 2007 Jul-Dec – 8P/Tuttle, 17/P Holmes
- 2007 Jan-Jun – Lovejoy C/2007 E2, McNaught C2006 P1
- 2006 Jul-Dec – C/2006 M4 Swan
- 2006 Jan-Jun – 73/P Schwassmann-Wachmann
- 2005 – Temple, Machholz C/2004 Q2
- 2004 Apr-Jun – C/2001 Q4 NEAT
- 2003-2000 – no comets observed
- 1999 Feb-Mar – Comet Linear
- 1997 – Hale-Bopp – Sherry Buttnor photo, John McDonald photo, Lola wood block painting from Belize
- 1996 – Hyakutake – Sherry Buttnor photo
- Zenfolio comet collections
- C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in 2020
- John McDonald’s comets
- Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) in 2013
- 17/P Holmes in 2007
- The Great Comets – Carpenter & Westley slide 14 (Wikipedia article)
- 1680 – C/1680 V1, also called the Great Comet of 1680, Kirch’s Comet, and Newton’s Comet, has the distinction of being the first comet discovered by telescope
- 1682 – Halley’s Comet or Comet Halley, officially designated 1P/Halley, is the best-known of the short-period comets and is visible from Earth every 75–76 years.
- 1744 – The Great Comet of 1744, whose official designation is C/1743 X1, and which is also known as Comet de Chéseaux or Comet Klinkenberg-Chéseaux, was a spectacular comet that was observed during 1743 and 1744
- 1811 – The Great Comet of 1811, formally designated C/1811 F1, is a comet that was visible to the naked eye for around 260 days, a record it held until the appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. In October 1811, at its brightest, it displayed an apparent magnitude of 0, with an easily visible coma.
- 1835 – Halley’s Comet or Comet Halley, officially designated 1P/Halley, is the best-known of the short-period comets and is visible from Earth every 75–76 years. Last apparition was in 1986, and the next apparition is in 2061.
- 1843 – The Great Comet of 1843 formally designated C/1843 D1 and 1843 I, was a long-period comet which became very bright in March 1843 (it is also known as the Great March Comet)
The First FDAO Virtual Star Party: 7PM August 1st
You are invited to the inaugural Virtual Star Party hosted by Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. David Balam, Plaskett telescope operator and Near Earth Object specialist will deliver a presentation on comets. For more information and hyperlinks to the Zoom meeting please click on the following:
Canadian Comet Sleuth David Levy: Webinar 4PM Thursday July 30th
The Canadian Comet Sleuth David Levy, author and comet hunter
Comet NEOWISE has been the sensation of our July skies, the first naked-eye comet for the Northern Hemisphere in ages. David Levy knows all about comets that snag the spotlight. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which broke apart in July 1992 and collided with Jupiter in July 1994, garnered the “Canadian comet sleuth” media attention around the world, including the headline on the very first cover of SkyNews 25 years ago.
Join The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Jenna Hinds and SkyNews’ Allendria Brunjes as they sit down with Levy in the next Speaker Series, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.
Levy has discovered 22 comets, given innumerable lectures and written countless articles and more than 30 books — including an autobiography, A Nightwatchman’s Journey. There’s an asteroid named in his honour, and his awards include the Chant Medal of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Click this link to register for this Webinar
Dr Gordon Walker speaks at the Wednesday UVic Open House
You are invited to the UVic Open House which starts at 7:30PM on Wednesday July 29th. The zoom guest link (with password embedded) is:
Dr. Gordon Walker will deliver a presentation entitled “Falling Through Space”
- This Week’s Sky – Skynews magazine
- This Week’s Sky At a Glance – Sky & Telescope magazine
- Explore the Universe Online – complete this observing program over the next few months, guided online by RASC’s Eric Wickham
- RASC’s Youtube channel has lots of content!