Comet McNaught

Not really Hoboken-related, but it’s something that’s rather rare to see. Too bad it’s overcast. It may still be visible on Tuesday when it clears up.

This story is a little late but you can still see this comet very clearly. A pair of binoculars really brings it out. If you’re into sky watching and you live in a city this is a can’t miss event. A good viewing spot is up on the western slope of the Palisades. I would assume people that have interests beyond Reality TV, bars and iPods might like it.

Space Weather News for Jan. 10, 2007

cometmcnaught.gifComet McNaught has continued to brighten as it approaches the sun and it is now the brightest comet in 30 years. For observers in the northern Hemisphere, tonight is probably the best time to see it: Go outside this evening and face the sunset. A clear view of the western horizon is essential, because the comet hangs very low. As the twilight fades to black, it should become visible to the naked eye. Observers say it’s a fantastic sight through binoculars.

In the days ahead, Comet McNaught will pass the sun and emerge in good position for southern hemisphere viewing later this month. Meanwhile, solar heating will continue to puff up the comet, causing it to brighten even more. It could become one of the brightest comets in centuries, visible even in daylit skies.

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