Naked-eye Comet McNaught visible in the sky

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And now we take a break from finance to mention something newsworthy from another interest of mine. I’m really late to the game on this one (darnit!!), but there’s been a naked-eye visible comet in the skies for the past few weeks. Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1), the brightest comet in 40 years, should be visible to many viewers worldwide, but especially in the Southern Hemisphere this week, where it will appear for about 30 minutes after local sunset. Just the usual word of warning when looking at objects close to the Sun: protect your eyes, and never look directly into the Sun!

I remember when Comet Hale-Bopp was visible to the naked eye back in 1995 — that was a pretty spectacular show, even under the oft-cloudy skies of Seattle where I was living at the time. I’m still going to see if I can find any glimpse of McNaught today, but the show might be over for most of the Northern Hemisphere as the comet rounds the Sun.

For those who’ve missed it, here’s a link to a gallery of nine pages of recent Comet McNaught photos.


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I saw a comet once, in December last year. I didn’t realize it was a comet, just a meteor shower that disappears too quickly. But it crossed the sky and I saw a picture in of a comet, it looked exactly like what I saw!