Posted by BC on July 6th, 2008
If you are a Northern Hemisphere early riser, you may be able to catch a glimpse of Comet Boattini as a naked eye object during July. Boattini is not an impressive-looking comet, but it is there to see. The comet will not be an easy find, since it rises only a few degrees above the eastern horizon before sunrise. The comet rises higher in the sky each night, but the Moon will increase in brightness as the month progresses.
Go out around 3 or 4 a.m. and look in the constellation Cetus or Taurus. Binoculars are recommended for viewing Boattini, but if you have good eyes and a dark site, you may be able to find it without aid. The Moon’s light will start to interfere as the phase passes Full, so if you want to catch a glimpse of this comet you should go out before July 19. Of course you may find it after that date, but it will not be as easy.