Comet Garradd 2009 P1

Comet Garradd, 2009 P1 was discovered by G. J. Garradd (Siding Spring Observatory, Australia) on four images obtained on  August 13, 2009. 

He was using the 0.5-m Uppsala Schmidt telescope and a CCD camera. 

The magnitude was given as 17.5-17.7 and the coma was described as circular and 15" across. 

The first confirmation was obtained by W. Robledo (El Condor Observatory, Cordoba) on August 14, 2009.

I shot this image on March 10th, 2012.

Comet Garradd is now getting brighter in the night sky and you can look for the fuzzy ball going from the constellation of Pegasus into the Summer Triangle. 

At a magnitude of about 9, it should be visible in a dark place with a small telescope or even binoculars. 

It will peak in February at a magnitude about 6 and shall pass closest to Earth in the beginning of March 2012 

when it will be seen in the Little Dipper asterism.

I shot this image on August 28th, 2011

Upcoming Highlights (from Cometography)
# The comet will reach a maximum solar elongation of 149 degrees on 2011 August 8.
# After having moved northward since September 2010, the comet will attain a declination of +19.9 degrees on 2011 September 12 and will then turn southward.
# The southward motion will only continue until 2011 October 26, when the comet attains a declination of +18.7 degrees and will then resume a northward motion.
# The comet will reach a minimum solar elongation of 45 degrees on 2011 December 5.
# The comet will be closest to Earth on 2012 March 5 (1.27 AU).
# The comet will attain its most northerly declination of +70.7 degrees on 2012 March 11 and will move steadily southward for the remainder of the year.

# The comet will reach a maximum solar elongation of 112 degrees on 2012 March 17.

I shot this image of Comet Garradd moving past the Coat Hanger asterism on  September 2nd, 2011.

Here I am at the Gayle H Rigsbee Observatory in South Carolina imaging comet Garradd.

I was using my old Orion 8 inch Newtonian mounted on my Losmandy G-11,

A single subframe of Comet Garradd, this am at 4:45am. Got up early to catch this. It was a real fight between the moonlight and trees...