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Friday, January 05, 2007

Comet McNaught plunging towards sun



HOT COMET: Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is plunging toward the Sun having its closest approach on Jan. 13th. It will be much closer to the Sun than the planet Mercury. The comet will experience fierce heating and it could brighten considerably, emerging from the encounter brighter than a 1st magnitude star.

For the next few mornings, northerners can see Comet McNaught before it disappears into the Sun's glare. It's an easy target for binoculars hanging low in the eastern sky at sunrise. After Jan. 11th, only SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) will be able to track the comet as it angles toward the bright Sun. SOHO images are posted in near-real time on the Internet, so you can watch the comet-sun encounter and see what happens.

3 comments:

john Tschogl said...

Its May 7, 2007. How much longer will Comet Mcnaught be visible in the skies from San Diego, CA.
JohnnyBamboo

Varun Khetarpal said...

According to latest updates, comet has faded to about magnitude +10. It remains as a faint object in the sky near the constellation Tucana.

Varun Khetarpal said...

here is a movie

SOHO: Comet McNaught Movie

This is science !

When you are speaking to technically illiterate people you must resort to the plausible falsehood instead of the difficult truth.

Photos of Comet Mcnaught !
Astro-photographer? Send your photos to pics@exploreuniverse.com and have them featured on this blog with your name. Comet Mcnaught : Pictures taken with Nikon D100 on 19/1/07 from Manning Point, northern NSW, Australia by Mr. Peter Enright.
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