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We rarely see a good comet when it's at its best. Most comets are brightest when nearest the Sun — just when they’re most likely to be hidden in the Sun’s glare or below the sunrise or sunset horizon.

That's the situation this spring with Comet C/2009 R1 (McNaught). Even so, observers in the Northern Hemisphere should be able to pick it up with telescopes, and possibly binoculars, just before dawn for at least part of June, during its runup in brightness.
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Some reports say this comets atmosphere is bigger than Jupiter so what would happen if it were to hit it.
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Some reports say this comets atmosphere is bigger than Jupiter so what would happen if it were to hit it.
how the HELL can its atmos be bigger than the largest gas-giant?
If it is true, I would say it is a very very weak atmos - but I don't believe it.
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I remember back in basic training in '97 there was really bright comet that I would see every morning at 4am. It was huge and obvious to the naked eye. I may have to haul my carcass out of bed and go find this thing.
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how the HELL can its atmos be bigger than the largest gas-giant?
If it is true, I would say it is a very very weak atmos - but I don't believe it.
Have you seen how far back the crap trails from comets? It's mass is nowhere near Jupiter, it just leaves a big ol' cloud of dust.
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I'll be sure to keep an eye out for this.
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