Here Comes a Comet

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.’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.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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