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There is a new comet in town, McNaught (C/2006 P1)

By Michael Jay ·
Ok so it is not really new, the discovery was in August but it has brightened to what they are calling the brightest comet in 30 years. Now it is so close to the sun that the SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) can now see it and you can too at: Sorry the comet has left the screen. Folks in the southern hemisphere will still get a good look as the comet is now heading south of the plane of the ecliptic. The path can be seen at:http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db?sstr=C%2F2006+P1 and pix can be seen at:http://spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught_page12.htm

If you have a lot of time you can see it again in about 100,000 years when it returns.
quote from the the man who discovered it:

"... The comet's orbit has modified in it's passage thru the inner solar system. This was probably it's first trip in but it has had it's orbit diminished and will be back again in perhaps 100,000 years. Thus it is similar to the large number of Oort cloud comets.

Glad you enjoyed the comet. It's all down to it and the sun, much as I'd like to take credit

Cheers, Rob"


Just thought it would be something interesting and different, enjoy.

edit for motion of the comet

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Pretty cool links

by mjd420nova In reply to There is a new comet in t ...

I do some astromomy so I was open to some newer objects to look at. Wanted to try a photo. but can't get much with the sun still in the frame. Going to try a dodge around sunset today. I already use the link for the SOHO, as it gives more info for solar storm predictions and space weather overall.

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Preaching to the choir

by Michael Jay In reply to Pretty cool links

If you are watching on SOHO then you probably also know of APOhttp://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0701/KrakowMcNaught2_sawow.jpg sweet picture and also Space Weather's comet gallery: http://spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught.htm which has a bunch of pics from many people around the globe.
So these links are for the other folks, thanks for the post, always love to see people see the wonders of the universe, or just the solar system.

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