envis sci 8 - Alaska Stargazers Excited About Comet By MARY...

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Alaska Stargazers Excited About Comet By MARY PEMBERTON, Associated Press Writer The Comet McNaught steaks across the sky in Barrow, . ..  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Nothing can keep dedicated stargazers from trying to get a glimpse of the brightest comet seen in decades _ not even temperatures as low as 40 below zero. There hadn't been a lot of buzz about Comet McNaught, discovered just last year. But as the comet got closer to the sun, it brightened and the word spread _ the comet was special. Martin Gutoski drove to a lookout about five miles north of Fairbanks on Tuesday evening, when skies were especially cold and clear _ good comet-viewing weather, even if it was frigid. The amateur astronomer waited for sunset and watched as the sky turned salmon red and darkened. He turned his attention toward the spot on the horizon where the sun set. "It is a very large spike, almost a vertical spike at sunset. . .. I was more than impressed with it," he said. Comet McNaught, discovered last year by
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ENVI SCI 101 taught by Professor Macintyre during the Fall '07 term at York College of Pennsylvania.

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