Easter Vigil Comet Queen

The moon is up, nice and bright this week. We also have a visitor from the outer reaches of the solar system, Comet Yi-SWAN, currently hanging out in the constellation Cassiopeia, the Queen. You’ll need a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope to spot this comet, about as bright as Saturn’s moon Titan is from Earth.

Queen Cass is easy to find in the northern sky. Look for the Big Dipper, upside down and high in the sky. Use the pointers to find the North Star, Polaris, below it. Cass is on the opposite side of the North Star from the Dipper, very low in the north. The star marked alpha α on the right side of the “W” is where the comet will be Saturday night when you get out of the Vigil.

If you live in the Southern hemisphere, too bad. But y’all get to watch stars I’ve never seen. Odds are sometime you’ll get to see some comet we northerners won’t.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Easter Vigil Comet Queen

  1. kiwinomad says:

    Don’t worry, we have a glorious sky here in my part of the southern hemisphere this evening. The moon is full and very bright. And the Southern Cross was right above. And I know you never ever get to see that!

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