The one is definitely a Lemmon.

No, that isn’t a mis-spelling.  Comet Lemmon should be visible in the north for the next month or so.

Image credit: Gabe Brammer

Gabe’s picture above is a fantastic shot of Pan-STARRS at the bottom, a meteor in the middle and comet Lemmon on top.

Gabe has obviously been blessed by the astrophotography and weather deities.  However, as you can see Lemmon will be a binocular object like Pan-STARRS.

This is also Lemmon’s first recorded trip through the solar system.  Lemmon has a very long orbital period of at least 11,000 years.  It also has an eccentric orbit traveling mostly perpendicular to the plane of the ecliptic.

If you have a clear southern exposure along with some binoculars (and some assistance from the gods noted above) you should be able to see a Lemmon in the sky.

Look for the greenish-blue blob in the sky.
It is a really good year for comets (at least for our friends in the southern hemisphere), so if the skies are clear, take a look to the south around sunset to try and catch another comet.

– Ex astris, scientia –

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