Comet Machholz

Recently discovered comet now visible to naked eye (USA TODAY)

A comet discovered earlier this year has now moved close enough to be visible without binoculars or telescopes by experienced observers under dark skies. It is expected to put on a modest show this month and into January.

Comet Machholz will be at its closest to Earth Jan. 5-6, 2005, when it will be 32 million miles (51 million kilometers) away.

I remember seeing Halley’s comet on it’s last trip. I lived in SE Wisconsin then and much closer to my mom’s farm and it was easier to get away from City lights.

This NASA page contains some pictures of the comet and has a diagram of where it will be around January 2005.

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  1. BigFire says:

    The first thing that pop into my mind is Lucifer’s Hammer…

  2. RobZombie says:

    Just don’t drink poison thinking it’s the mother ship OK!!!

  3. Rodney Dill says:

    Lucifer’s Hammer was a good book. I think they know this one missed though.

  4. Hellraiser says:


  5. nathan says:

    omg i have an idea just give the aliens beer that way when they are drunk we can attack them and see where there from and attack there planet and send beer there yayyyyyyyyyyyy thank god for beer

    written by (homer simpson)