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    Re: Very Bright Comet
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2007 Jan 13, 01:19 EST
    There is one more chance to catch a glimpse of this comet for those of us in the northern hemisphere. It may be visible in *daylight* for a few more days. These are the approximate offsets in Declination and SHA from the comet to the Sun for the nest few days at 0 hours GMT:
     
    day       dDec     dSHA
    13         4.7       -4.5
    14         1.2       -5.3
    15        -2.6       -5.9
    16        -6.3       -6.4
    17        -9.7       -6.6
     
    For noon CST (e.g. for Chicago), you want to interpolate 75% of the way from one date to the next. So for tomorrow Jan. 13 at noon CST, the comet is about 2.1 degrees north of the Sun and about 5.0 degrees to the left. That's pretty close but the distance opens during the next few days. Since the comet is very bright, if the sky is clear it will be visible as a bright fuzzy star in binoculars. The trick is that you have to look very close to the Sun. Do this carefully! Stand next to a tall building to obscure the Sun.
     
    And if you prefer the armchair approach, you can watch the comet live at the SOHO web site:
    (for those of you unaware, many minor comets have been discovered by armchair amateurs studying these SOHO images --but, no, you don't get your name on it by this discovery method)
     
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars

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