Comet McNaught Shuns Sun?


After the heavy monitoring I did of the solar images and graphs SOHO posts on various websites over the last several days it appears Comet McNaught did not interact with our sun in an apparent, measurable, physical level to any great degree as many amateur observers, including myself, expected it might.  I find that very interesting regardless.

However, the magnetosphere simulation looked very odd for two days when the comet was so close to the sun.  The lines in the first image (magnetic field) formed an unmistakable grid.  (Note:  The information on the following website is copyrighted material.  Relevant images no longer available.)

http://www2.nict.go.jp/y/y223/simulation/realtime/

Now the comet is viewable by those who live in New Zealand and Australia.  The Space Weather website has done a good job of updating their photo gallery if you want to view those images and haven’t already.

http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught_page9.htm

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