FYI: Comet McNaught

I caught this through APOD (Astronomy picture of the day, via NASA). APOD posts the latest and most interesting pictures from the world of astronomy. I have seen everything from distant galaxies to gorgeous skylines and sunsets closer to home. If you are at all interested in the night sky definitely check out APOD. Anyways, this caught my eye and I had to share because it’s not everyday we get to see a comet.

Fun fact: The tail ALWAYS streams AWAY from the Sun.

Comet McNaught was spotted by a man named Robert McNaught (you get to name comets if you discover them, badass!) and the giant ice ball is barreling towards the Sun. It’s got a large tail and it’ll be visible to the NAKED EYE soon! It’s very rare that a comet is visible without the aid of binoculars or telescopes so try not to miss this one. The last one I remember is Hale-Bopp and that was 13 years ago.

To see the comet in the Northern Hemisphere you’ll have to look up at the sky just before sunrise in late June, and after sunset in July. I must say I’m really excited for this one because I missed the eclipse this year and the Leonid meteor shower, so I’m hoping for a nice fat view of McNaught.

Next time your drinking til the sun comes up make sure to take a break from looking at the ground for balance, and look up to the sky to check out McNaught.

GRG

image source: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

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~ by humanmoves on June 8, 2010.

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