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Comet McNaught Heads for the Sun

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Comet McNaught Heads for the Sun


Explanation:

Early morning risers with a clear and unobstructed eastern horizon
can enjoy the
sight
of Comet McNaught
(C/2006 P1)
in dawn skies over the next few days.

Discovered in August by R. H. McNaught
(Siding Spring Survey)
the comet has grown bright enough to see with the unaided
eye but will soon be lost in the glare of the Sun.

Still, by January 11 sun-staring spacecraft SOHO should be able to
offer web-based views as the
comet
heads toward
a perihelion
passage inside the orbit of Mercury.

This
image captures
the new naked-eye
comet
at about 2nd
magnitude
in twilight skies near sunset on January 3rd.

After
rounding the Sun
and emerging from the solar glare later this month,
Comet
McNaught
could be even brighter.


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