Serious comet chasers — people who track faint comets with telescopes and binoculars — have been aware of Comet C/2007 W1 (Boattini) for quite a while. It was forecast to become quite bright for a telescopic comet, 6th or perhaps even 5th magnitude, making it visible without optical aid to skilled observers at dark sites.
So far, Boattini has exceeded the brightness predictions by more than a full magnitude. If it keeps behaving like this — and that's a very big if! — it could become… Continue
Posted on May 16, 2008 at 12:39pm