Comet Machholz Now Visible to the Naked Eye


Although it still will be tricky to see if you live in a place with too much light pollution. Link to article and Sky & Telescope article.

Machholz is expected to reach magnitude 4.0, based on an early estimate. On this astronomers’ scale, smaller numbers represent brighter objects. The dimmest things visible under perfectly dark skies are around magnitude 6.5. The brightest star, Sirius, is magnitude minus 1.42.