Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bright comet in the skies for June.

Comet McNaught (C/2009 R1) is in the morning skies these days.  This is comet #54 named after Robert H. McNaught in Australia. He's famous for the bright comet a few years ago that we could see here in Seattle at sunset, but them moved south and put on the amazing display for the southern hemisphere.
The current comet is about magnitude 5 and brightening, we never know what these things will do, so just watch it if you can get out.  It should be at its best around mid-June.
(Photo on right by John Chumack of Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Galaxy is NGC891)

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