Comet 2P/Encke in the Evening Sky

This February,┬áComet 2P/Encke sweeps by the Circlet of Pisces asterism as the comet nears the sun along┬áthe western horizon. It’s easy to find in mid-February, as it appears inside a 5┬░ circle centered on magnitude 4 Omega Piscium. It will be brightest late this month into the first part of March.┬á

The skychart above will help you find the comet. To help you locate the Circlet in the not-quite-dark twilight-sky of mid-February, note that a line from Mars to Venus will continue roughly to the Circlet.

TV/NP101 users are well advised to use a 31mm Nagler to help locate the comet. This scope/eyepiece combination will produce 4.5┬░ true field-of-view to easily sweep this “dirty snowball” in the vicinity of Omega┬áPiscium.