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.