Amateurs can do real science! This web page contains many resources to assist you in finding asteroid positions and help you develop a list of targets to observe. The most favorable situation is when the asteroid is crossing the line joining two nearby stars at a right angle. Meteors that survive passage through the atmosphere and impact are called meteorites while the space debris that burns up in the atmosphere are called meteors. A comet search can begin anytime when the Moon is absent from the sky however there are certain periods each month which are of utmost importance. Matching is best done using a low power wide field eyepiece. Here, a bright new comet may be lurking which had previously been cloaked in lunar glare for a week or more.
For CCD observations, send sketches based on the images. From mid-Northern latitudes, the asteroids like the other planets and the Moon are much higher above the horizon in the winter than in the summer. The object had a diffuse coma 15" in diameter in three stacked s images. Because the Earth revolves around the Sun with a period of one year, it catches up with any particular asteroid approximately every 15 to 18 months. If you know the position for the asteroid Right Ascension and Declination of the you can make your own finder chart and show the positions for the different nights you are observing. Comment from the discoverer: I'm not a astronomer. Although PinPoint includes a script which will solve sets of three plates to identify asteroids, I have provided an application that will facilitate the process.
Usually, however, you will have to do more work. Spend between 1 and 3 hours in the western sky beginning with the regions close to the horizon which are about to set then carefully work your way upward into less fertile regions. It is based on a hour clock; for example is p. If you wish to have your copies returned, include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The typical comet will sport a visual profile which contrasts sharply with the stereotypical view which most people have of a bright comet with a long flowing tail. You have finished all the steps!
Note: The ccd imager will also take dark frames as specified by the user. Email all of the above information including your personal contact details to the CBAT. To date his score amounts to two numbered-and-named plus another five awaiting further observations. Iwamoto reported the approximate position as R. On Wednesday October 21st. The following computer programs can produce star charts and plot asteroid positions.