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A Bright Visitor to the Night Sky

A comet even brighter than Hale-Bopp was in 1995 can now be seen in the night sky. Comet McNaught became visible on January 12 and can be seen through Monday, January 15.

Chinaview.cn reports that McNaught is the brightest comet in 30 years. The comet, which has the official name of C/2006 P1, was discovered by Australian astronomer Robert McNaught on August 7th. It can currently be seen in both the morning and the evening, visible very low near the east-southeast horizon about 30 to 40 minutes before sunrise and very low near the west-southwest horizon about 30 to 40 minutes after sunset.

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