Nov 14

The Comet Encke

“Picture a bright blue ball, just spinning, spinning free,
Dizzy with eternity.
Paint it with a skin of sky,
Brush in some clouds and sea,
Call it home for you and me.”

From the song, Throwing Stones. Words written by John Perry Barlowe, music by Bob Weir.


For those of you interested in celestial viewing the month of November offers an opportunity to see a comet that has become known as the “Old Faithful” of comets, Encke. Named after the German astronomer, Johann Franz Encke.

In addition to Encke, there are the usual Leonid meteor shower to be seen in November.

Follow this link to a fine resource for keeping track of events in the night sky.

All of this action can be seen with the naked eye, but a decent pair of binoculars will substantially enhance your viewing.

Get out and take a look at the night sky.

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    • Adela on November 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm
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    What a coincidence ,I am in the night shift these two weeks and have time to stare at the midnight Sky~~~

    1. I was wondering where you went, Adela! Do you enjoy working nights?
      Did you have an opportunity to see the night sky?

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