Re: Comet to the sw
COMET MCNAUGHT: When the sun sets tonight, go outside immediately and look west. You may see the brightest comet in thirty years hanging just above the horizon.
"What a beautiful sight! Last night, comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) was easily visible to the naked eye and even more stunning in 10x50 binoculars," reports Chris Cook of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Comet McNaught is plunging toward the sun, and the heat is causing it to brighten dramatically. A few days ago, it was barely visible in evening twilight, but now it pops into view while the sky is still glowing blue. Only Venus is brighter.
If you have trouble finding the comet (because of clouds or glare) scan the horizon with binoculars. Once located, it's easy to follow. "I am 66 years old but I don't think I have ever seen such a comic-book comet. Fantastic!" reports Jon Baily of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "I shall never forget this view!"
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