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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2007, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Comet to the sw

it's too late for you east coasters but for everybody else there is a cool comet to the sw tonight you should be able to see right around sunset....i just saw it and it's very cool...almost scary to think something like that could someday be headed right at us


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Re: Comet to the sw

this pic from iceland and pretty close to what it looks like...

[img width=747 height=768]http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/mcnaught/09jan07/Geomatics1.jpg[/img]


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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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cool. stuff like this is neat. i like to see meteor showers, but ive seen like 1 in my life.
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awww, i missed it

meteor showers are cool... i saw one a few weeks ago without even realizing it. i was driving down the interstate to visit a friend and saw a bunch of shooting stars. i told my friend about it and she said "we saw a bunch too!" turns out there was a meteor shower, too bad i didn't know about it. i like spreading out a blanket on the ground and watching them.

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They're usually visible for quite some time - not just a one night event!

Here's a pic from Germany:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ima..._jhackmann.jpg



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And one from Krakow:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ima...ght2_sawow.jpg

I really wish I could have seen this before it went into the sun's glare. Stupid clouds haven't let up around me all week (but only at sunrise/sunset - go figure).



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