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Mc Naught is a daylight object! January 16, 2007

Posted by dorigo in astronomy, internet, news, personal, science.
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Comet McNaught has become a daylight object, and is now glowing at a magnitude of -5.5, about 2.5 times as bright as Venus can ever get. Observations of the comet at noon, made without the aid of optical instruments and just screening the sun from view, are being reported from all parts of the world.

This is the brightest comet we had in 40 years in our skies, and it is a quite remarkable object indeed. Pictures taken by amateurs are breathtaking. For instance, check the gallery at http://www.nightskyhunter.com/mng29-29.html.

I was unable to find clear skies here in Geneva until now, but I do not despair. The comet will get further away from the sun and should stay visible by naked eye for a few more days. If you want to try it yourself, please be careful to avoid looking directly at the sun. You might find useful for the purpose the finder chart available at the following link: http://www.spaceweather.com/images2007/15jan07/skymap_north.gif

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1. Don’t know how I missed it–Comet McNaught is brighter than Venus « Analemma - January 17, 2007

[…] know how I missed it–Comet McNaught is brighter than Venus There is currently a very bright comet visible, and it just passed from morning sky to evening sky. It is still pretty close to the Sun, but Comet […]

2. Dave Bacon - January 22, 2007

Argh, Seattle cloudy weather be damned!

But I got to see it earlier in the month, so that is some small consolation.

3. dorigo - January 22, 2007

Relax Dave, you were luckier than me! I never got to see it, lousier whether here than in Seattle apparently, despite the heat wave. And the naked-eye comet is by now unobservable in daylight. Only southerners can see a real show, with a magnificent tail.

Cheers,
T.


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