Last updated 2014 November 20
This project is a comet observation programme promoted by
the BAA Comet Section (http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/).
Its aim is to encourage amateur astronomers, of all skill levels, to develop
their observational skills by hunting for comets visually, using binoculars and
telescopes, by imaging and by searching images returned by spacecraft such as
The chances of discovering any new celestial object are small but ultimately worth pursuing. There are many aspects to comet observation all of which will eventually form part of this project i.e.
- locating and observing known comets
- monitoring specific comets e.g. splitting, in outburst
- follow-up observations of newly discovered comets
- finding comets masquerading as asteroids or NEOs
- recovering returning periodic comets
- discovering comets
- on-line image analysis
- historical research
- participation in pro-am projects
Why this project ?
- comets catch the imagination of amateur astronomers and members of the public
- they tell us about the outer reaches of the Solar System and some may come from other Stellar Systems
- responsible for life and death on our planet
- something for all interests and skill levels
- skills transferable to other objects
- support society members wishing to embark on serious scientific observing projects
How can I spread the word ?
- talks to individual societies
- society newsletters
- BAA Comet Section, Observers’ workshops, Back to Basics meetings
- TA, FAS, SAGAS meetings
- local society workshops
Journal, Astronomy Now,
- on-line presence
My email address is roger.dymock(at)ntlworld.com. Replace (at) with @. Please contact me if your astronomical society is interested in this comet observation project, if anything on this website doesn’t work or if you would like to see additional material included.
article was written by Steve Bosley, Hampshire Astronomical Group, with input
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