“Naked Eye” Comets to Streak Into View Within Days

In the coming days and weeks, the trained–or perhaps lucky–observer will be able to step outside in the evening or morning twilight hours and get a rare glimpse of one of three so-called naked-eye comets. These are comets that can be seen without a telescope or binoculars.

While comet buffs are excited at this opportunity, Fred Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, cautions that the naked-eye comets–named Bradfield, NEAT, and LINEAR–will appear faint and will be difficult for the inexperienced observer to see.