Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Comet Coming To The Summer Sky

Northern Hemisphere observers may get a nice comet in the sky this summer. Discovered last year, Comet C/2009 R1 McNaught will be making an appearance in the pre-dawn sky this June and July. Some estimates are placing it at around +5 magnitude brightness, within the realm of naked-eye visibility.

So, keep your eyes on the sky and web, as comets are notoriously unpredictable. This fact is exemplified by the Comet Holmes outburst of 2007 and the great Comet McNaught of 2006-7.

Below is orbital data for the newest Comet McNaught

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