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Comet Bradfield emerging from behind the sun


Comet Bradfield (C/2004 F4), which flew by the Sun on April 17th, is emerging now from the Sun's glare. Look for it rising in the eastern sky just before dawn. The comet is barely visible to the naked eye, but it's a beautiful sight through binoculars. Japanese photographer Sho Endo took this picture of the comet, a 27-sec exposure on 400-speed film, on April 24th:

Comet Bradfield isn't the only early-morning comet. Comet LINEAR (C/2002 T7) is there, too, together with Bradfield in the constellation Pisces. Both are about as bright as a 4th magnitude star. When you find one comet, scan back and forth with binoculars; you'll probably be able to find the other. Bradfield is the one with the longer, brighter tail. [sky map] [ephemerides: Comet Bradfield, Comet LINEAR]

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