Comet McNaught – 2010

Comet McNaught, discovered in 2009 by Robert H. McNaught, passed approximately 170 million kilometers from the Earth on 16 June 2010 while on its way around the Sun. On 2 July, the comet will make its closest approach to the Sun, passing within 60 million kilometers of the surface.

This beautiful comet can only be viewed through powerful binoculars or a telescope in the morning sky. After looping around the Sun, it will return to the outer reaches of the Solar System for hundreds of years before returning.

Viewing information for 21-25 June is here.

Once Comet McNaught passes perihelion on 2 July 2010, it will be visible in the Southern Hemisphere. The location for the early part of August can be found here.

McNaught 2009
Comet McNaught
Image Credit: RIA Novosti

McNaught 2009
Finding Comet McNaught
Image Credit: RIA Novosti