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1/21/2007

Comet McNaught Shines In the Southern Hemisphere

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Photo: Curtosy of David Clark, Auckland, New Zealand on Jan. 18, 2007

Jan 21, 2007
South of the equator, Comet McNaught is putting on a gaudy show, popping out of the twilight with a "peacock tail" that amazes even experienced astronomers. It is visible from all parts of the southern hemisphere.
North of the equator, the display is not gaudy at all. The comet's head is too far south to see, and only the wispiest fringes of the comet's tail poke over the western horizon after sunset.
If you wish to see for yourself, here's how: Find a very dark place with no city lights and look west about an hour after sunset. The streamers are easy to see through binoculars and once found are obvious to the naked eye,





News Source: Spaceweather.com
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