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Mike Olason

Location of Photo:

Tucson, Arizona

Date/Time of photo:

9 May 2021, 1110 UT


11" SCT and STF-8300M CCD Camera


Comet 8P/Tuttle appeared in the morning twilight in these images at magnitude 17.3 and 247 million miles from Earth. Comet 8P will be at perihelion in it's 13.63 year orbit in August 2021 when it will be 95 million miles from the Sun. 8P will make it's close approach to the Earth in September 2021 at 167 million miles and may brighten to magnitude 9.