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Observations of 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann is a fascinating object. It orbits beyond Jupiter and, compared to the comets that we are used to, it has a massive nucleus, over 60km in diameter. It also has frequent outbursts.

The section's 29P observation programme is run by Richard Miles and he has recently added a new page to the Comet Section website which you can find here. This page will be frequently updated with observational news so it is worth checking back regularly to see the latest news and analysis. Our objective is to observe this comet in a standard way so that Richard can receives estimates with a high degree of consistency between observers. Details of the approach to be adopted are on this web page and they are reproduced in the section observing guide which you can download from here.

The comet is now well placed for northern hemisphere observers and we would like to receive your observations. If you have not already done so please consider adding this fascinating comet to your programmes.

Many thanks to Richard for running this programme and maintaining the web page.

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