British Astronomical Association
Supporting amateur astronomers since 1890

BAA Images Nick James

Observation by Nick James: 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann outburst

Uploaded by

Nick James

Observer

Nick James

Observed

2020 Nov 19 - 18:46

Uploaded

2020 Nov 20 - 07:31

Objects

29P Schwassmann-Wachmann

Equipment
  • Celestron HD11 + FLI6303
Exposure

60s

Location

Chelmsford, UK

Target name

29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Title

29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann outburst

About this image

This plot shows a lightcurve covering the onset of a major outburst on 29P between 18:45 and 00:00 last night (November 19). It was obtained as part of the monitoring programme led by Richard Miles.

Last night, comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann went into outburst. For the last few weeks it has been sitting at around 16.2 and Denis Buczynski measured it at this level at 18:02 UT last night. By the time of my first observation at 18:46 the comet was at 14.4 and rising rapidly. It eventually stabilised at 13.3 by the time clouds arrived here. Jean-Francois Soulier, in France, also detected the early stages of the outburst and the comet looks to have started brightening at around 18:26, so about 20 minutes before I started observing and 20 minutes after Denis' observation.

Files associated with this observation
Like this image