Comet C/2009 R1 (McNaught) is now visible low in the northeast before dawn. You should be able to see its long, thin tail through binoculars from a reasonably dark site.
This odd asteroid hasn't been so close to Earth in 18 years, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to spot with your eyes alone.
This naked-eye variable should be near peak brightness every Wednes-day night during August, September, and October.
While checking out Saturn and Titan in the next few months, don't overlook two nearby minor planets: 8 Flora and 532 Herculina.
Although likely never brighter than 9th magnitude, Comet C/2002 O7 passes by some interesting sights during its tour of the southern sky.
For Northern Hemisphere observers, this will be Comet Encke's closest approach to Earth since November 1838.
A pair of comets will grace the evening sky in May; Southern Hemisphere observers will have fine views of both.
During April, Vesta has many close encounters with members of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster.
Astronomers have discovered "orphaned" globular star clusters wandering like vagabonds amid the members of a cluster of galaxies in Ursa Major.
A comet discovered in 1992 will make its first predicted reappearance in late 2002.
With paths that crisscross in Cetus, the Whale, these two asteroids make fine observing targets for the rest of 2002.