“Naked Eye” Comets to Streak Into View Within Days

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 26, 2004   View Article

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.

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