The comet is now outward bound, and observers in the Southern Hemisphere are currently able to glimpse Comet NEAT low in the west-southwest shortly after sunset. According to Sky & Telescope associate editor Greg Bryant, several Australian amateurs saw it last weekend (March 1–2) and reported it was visible to the naked-eye as twilight's glow diminished. However, the comet is fading rapidly and will soon be visible only in binoculars or telescopically.
The following ephemeris gives the comet's right ascension and declination (equinox 2000.0) at 0 hours Universal Time on each date, its elongation angle from the Sun, predicted magnitude, and the constellation through which it's passing.
|Comet NEAT (C/2002 V1)|
|Mar. 2||23 43.2||-28 07||24.2||5.2||Scl|
|Mar. 4||0 01.2||-28 22||26.5||5.7||Scl|
|Mar. 6||0 17.8||-28 22||28.4||6.3||Scl|
|Mar. 8||0 33.0||-28 12||30.0||6.8||Scl|
|Mar. 10||0 46.9||-27 54||31.4||7.2||Scl|