Saturday, 13 December 2014

Mystery!

I dragged myself out of bed at 4.00am today but not for the usual 'old man' reasons: instead I was looking for Geminid meteors.

Despite the bright waning Moon, I managed to see a few (tonight should be even better if it's clear for you! Gemini is due west before dawn) I was just going back indoors for a cuppa around 5.15 when I glanced to the east: my attention was immediately grabbed by a slow-moving fuzzy patch in Bootes. Not a comet (no naked eye ones around at the moment) and not a nebula or star cluster...

During the day, friends in the UK and US mailed / phoned / facebooked to say they'd seen it. Most strange!


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