View Full Version : Two Comets Will Soon Be Visible

2005-Sep-07, 12:02 AM
SUMMARY: Comets visible to the unaided eye come along every two years or so. This time, though, there are going to be two comets visible at the same time: Comets C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) and C/2002 T7 (LINEAR). Comet NEAT will pass the closest to Earth on May 7, 2004 at a distance of 48 million kilometres, and will be visible near the horizon just after sunset. Comet LINEAR will make its closest pass on May 19 at 40 million kilometres. Comet NEAT is expected to be the brighter comet, brightening to magnitude 1 or 2 in late April. This will make it visible in even polluted city skies.

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