Join Darin Boville for Comet Viewing tonight on Montara Beach


Posted by on Sat, January 13, 2007

To all Coastsiders and visitors:

It looks like it will be clear tonight (Saturday)—I’m planning on viewing the comet again in the paved parking lot above Montara State Beach (across from 3rd street).

If anyone hasn’t seen the comet yet feel free to stop by—I’ll have various scopes and binoculars to share—but feel free to bring your own binoculars, if you have them.

Come see the comet! (Weather permitting…)

Viewing should start right around 5:15 and will be over by 5:45.

Dress warm!

Hope to see you there,

—Darin


Comment 1
Sun, January 14, 2007 9:31am
jlundell
All my comments

We saw McNaught Saturday evening in the post-sunset hazy glare, down here at Lobitos Creek. It was a bright smudge with the naked eye, and the tail was distinctly visible with binoculars.

I’m trying to visualize the comet’s geometry. How is it that it’s visible both before sunrise and after sunset, and how does it manage to be visible only from the southern hemisphere after perihelion?

Hmm I think you mean 2nd St across from the parking lot? We were there tonight (1/14) cold out, but a beautiful sight!

Jonathan,

Try this Java applet from NASA

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db_shm?sstr=C/2006+P1+&group=all&search=Search

NASA, Near Earth Object Program, Orbit Diagrams, Comet c/2006 P1
Click forward and back on the days.

The visibility of the comet depends on seeing it against a dark or darkened sky.  In daylight the sun outshines it and washes out the sky.  It’s still there.  It just moves from the dark northern sky, light southern sky to the dark southern sky, light northern sky, when it goes through perhellion.

When the comet is near the sun, like the inner planets at some points in their orbits, it’s visible in the morning and evening.


Vince Williams
Moss Beach