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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

 

Comet C/2008 A1 McNaught Brightens

Comet A1 McNaught as seen facing south an hour and a half after Sunset form the southern hemisphere (click to enlarge for a printable chart).

Comet A1 McNaught will never be as bright as its famous predecessor, but it is considerably brighter than what it was expected to be at this stage (Magnitude 6 vs magnitude 8). It will only be a fuzzy blob in binoculars and telescope, and people at dark-sky sites will just be able to see it as a fuzzy dot, but it will be our fuzzy dot.

A nice image from Comet Al, in suburban Melbourne.

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