naked-eye object

naked-eye object

A star, etc., that can be seen without the aid of a telescope (under ideal viewing conditions).
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Even though it never rises very high as seen from southern Africa, it is still an easy naked-eye object from a dark-sky site.
Even if it doesn't brighten to a naked-eye object, it will remain well placed for the Northern Hemisphere through the New Year and into March 2019.
It was discovered last year when it was still far beyond Jupiter, raising the prospect of a spectacular naked-eye object by the time it graced Earth's skies in December.
Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) could become a naked-eye object from the middle of March onwards (see also page 5 of this Journal).
It's an easy naked-eye object about 35[degrees] above and to the right of Orion.
At magnitude 5.7, Uranus is technically a naked-eye object, but dark, transparent skies are needed to see it without optical aid.
The brightest spiral seen from Earth is the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31), and even though it never rises very high as seen from southern Africa, it is still an easy naked-eye object from a dark-sky site.
It should be a naked-eye object by the time it approaches conjunction in late November.
In the world of comets, past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future and we must remember that this positive brightening trend may well peter out and could go into reverse as the surface volatiles are lost, but at the moment it looks as if the comet could be a naked-eye object low in the western twilight sky in the last two weeks of next March.
Fading to about 3rd magnitude by March 20th, PanSTARRS was still a naked-eye object very low in the western sky.
By February 1997 the comet was a bright naked-eye object in the morning sky, and a month later it swung into the evening sky as a spectacular sight.