Know when and where to look
Plan ahead to get the best views
In photographs and artwork featured in books and magazines comets are stunning objects, with heads as bright as distress flares and tails that stretch out across the sky like ribbons or search beams. 46P won’t look anything like that. You’re looking for a small grey-white smudge, like a large out-offocus star. If you spot something like that in the place shown on our charts, congratulations – you’ve seen the comet!
If seeing 46P isn’t enough you could try photographing it. Your camera phone won’t do; you’ll need a modern DSLR on a tripod, fitted with a fast 50mm lens. Take timed exposures of up to five seconds with a high ISO and you should capture something.