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McNaught Now Brightest Comet in Decades

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McNaught Now Brightest Comet in Decades


Explanation:

The brightest comet
in decades
is unexpectedly
now
visible
.

The most optimistic predictions have
Comet
McNaught
(C/2006 P1) shortly becoming
one of the brightest comets of the past century.

For the next few days, its short tail and bright coma
can be spotted with the unaided eye
close to the Sun and
near the horizon in both
evening and
morning skies.

This dramatic
picture
of the comet
shining through
cloudy skies was
taken near sunset on January 7 from Bad Mergentheim, Germany.




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