Comet McNaught could be a sight for earthlings. Or it could be a bust. Comet visibility remains unpredictable fare amongst astronomers. After the disappointment of supposedly spectacular comets of the mid-70’s, scientists have become extremely cautious in comet forecasts.
Space.com’s Joe Rao breaks it down for you here. See a photo of the comet here. The 1995 space probe SOHO will get some good data next week as the comet passes less than 16 million miles from the sun. A live sun-cam from SOHO is posted here. An animation video of Comet McNaught’s orbit is here.
The comet image above is not McNaught, but the spectacular 1996 Comet Hyakutake.