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Cometary Narratives

Arkansas Sky Obervatories

• Jan 12 - Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) Perihelion (0.171 AU)
• Jan 15 - Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) Closest Approach To Earth (0.818 AU)

Houston Astronomical Society: Comet Corner

C/2006 P1 (McNaught) was discovered by R.H. McNaught on August 7th on CCD images from the .5-meter Uppsala Schmidt telescope in Australia at mag. 17.3. While this comet is currently about second magnitude, it has brightened more rapidly than, initially, expected. We now know that this comet is on its first trip from the Oort Cloud and with its current elements, unless perturbed, will escape the solar system, altogether. The good news is that P1 will make a close perihelion passage on Jan. 12th, coming within .17 AU of the Sun, and, then, reaches perigee 2 days later. Current projections are for it to peak somewhere between 0 and 2nd magnitude, or even brighter, if its current brightening rate continues. In other words it could become, briefly, very bright and/or show a long tail. Try looking for it immediately after sunset. The bad news is that the geometry for observing this comet is very poor and the comet’s solar elongation never exceeds 15 degrees between now and perihelion, when the elongation will shrink to about 5 degrees, and it is a very early evening comet. It has been observed and imaged from northern latitudes, where, it is, currently more favorably placed. Forward scattering could cause it to appear even brighter. McNaught is currently moving through Scutum and by the 13th will begin diving south, and may become difficult after that date to observe from the northern hemisphere. It will end the month of January in Microscopium, where, by that time, will only be observable from the southern hemisphere.

if i figured this out correcty, Comet McNaught reaches perihelion on 12-January @ 19:13UT, 0.170731434003 AU. SUN {22CP12}, MOON {06SC02}, MCNAUGHT {27CP23}. Sabian Symbols:

• SUN {22CP12} :: Capricorn 23° The army is erect in a long faultless line as resplendent officers confer upon a private two awards for bravery.
• MOON {06SC02} :: Scorpio 7° A queer craft equipped with special machinery is the base of operations for courageous divers of the deep sea.
• MCNAUGHT {27CP23} :: Capricorn 28° A large aviary built as a wing to a rural mansion reveals a host of singing and contended feathered citizens.

GON 18 = MY MARIA (Brooks & Dunn) = C/2006 P1.

GON 58 = [ANGLOSPHERE-RULE OF LAW-JUSTICE] = 1998 DODGE VIPER GTS = A BROTHER OF A.'. A.'. (Abuldiz Working) = A DAWN OF PURE NIGHT-BLUE (DES, 26th Æthyr) = ANGLICAN BRIT = ANORGANIC SEMIOTICS = ARMAGEDDON = ATBASH CIPHER = AWAKENING STRATEGIES = BATTLEFIELD = CHOKMAH NESTHRAH = COUNTER-CHANGED = CREATE CARRIER = CUBE OF SPACE = DELEUZE AND GUATTARI = DIRECT EVIDENCE THAT TERRORISTS ARE TRYING TO KILL US (Tony Snow, WH Press Secretary) = FANNING BEHAVIOUR (Stickleback) = FOR THE COLOURS ARE MANY, BUT THE LIGHT IS ONE (Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente) = HEIDEGGER = I AM JACHIN = INTELLECTUAL LOGIC = IRAQ'S BLUEPRINT FOR PEACE = IS JOSEPH THE AMERICAN GRUNT? = LINE OF ESCAPE = NOBEL PEACE PRIZE = ORIGIN OF MITOCHONDRIA = PALLAS ATHENA = SPECIAL AIR MISSION 29,000 (Presidential aircraft bringing the body of President Gerald Ford & his family and friends from California to Washington D.C.) = THE EAGLE'S GIFT = THE GREATEST GENERATION = UNASSUAGED OF PURPOSE, DELIVERED FROM THE LUST OF RESULT.

GON 62 = THE IMPOSSIBLE GENERATION = AGE OF KHATTAK = PERPETUAL-WARFARE DOCTRINE (Spengler) = AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE = CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT.

GON 87 = PASSING THE GENERATIONAL BATON = COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE = THE DOUBLE WAND OF COPH NIA = THANKS, I JUST SPEWED MY COFFEE ON THE KEYBOARD (wingod).

GON 65 = OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM = ACCURATE FORECAST = ARGUMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF EXPERIENCE = ART MATHEMATICAL = LET US TAKE OUR DELIGHT IN THE MULTITUDE OF MEN! (Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente).

[11:05pm]

GON 25 = LET IT BE (The Beatles) = MCNAUGHT.

GON 95 = IS THE USA SUPPOSED TO SURGE & RETAKE BAGHDAD? = SOMETIMES DEFINITIONS ARE HARD TO COME BY.

GON 50 = LET IT BE MCNAUGHT = SOMETHING HARD TO MEASURE.

[11:15pm]

GON 43 = C/2006 P1 MCNAUGHT = GENERAL PETRAEUS.

GON 69 = PETRAEUS HARD CUTBACK.

GON -13 = SCUTUM = SIXTY-NINE.

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