March 6, 2006, up in Outer Space
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For those of you who are up early (before dawn) and if we are lucky
enough to see the Eastern Horizon, be sure to look for the new comet
just becoming visible to the naked eye. There is a trick to finding the
comet. Look at the skymap below, find Venus (the real bright "star") .
The comet is to the left of Venus and slightly higher. The trick is to
NOT LOOK directly where you expect to see the comet, but off to the
side. The comet is fuzzy and not a bright spot and your eye is much
more sensitive to light
away from your central vision where you see
things in detail. The comet is dim and it's tail is several times
larger than the full moon, that is, it's not a tiny bright thing but a
faint fuzzy large thing. You may find that you can't find the
comet if you try to look directly where it should be but it will
suddenly pop into vision when you look to the side. Once you know
exactly what to look for, you will be able to see it by looking
directly at it.
Good Luck sky observers. Our remote dark skys are ideal for comet spotting.
For more information see the Astronomy Picture of the Day