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Find a bright comet

Comets bright enough to be seen without optical aid are rare, but there’s one visible in the New Mexico sky right now! Set your alarm for about 4:30 a.m. and then find a nearby location with an unobstructed view toward the east. The comet should look like a faint streak in the sky; brighter at the bottom where the head is and then fading upward through the tail. Find out more about the comet and where it will be moving in the sky here:

The picture above was taken from Albuquerque by Tom Williamson, who is the senior paleontology curator at the museum. Notice that from the city of Albuquerque, the comet can currently be seen above the north side of the Sandias. If you’re elsewhere, look for it below the constellation of Auriga. It will be rising a little farther to the north each day and should be highest in the morning sky around July 11.

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