You can now buy the recently released book, Fall of a Thousand Suns: How Near Misses and Comet Impacts affected the Religious Beliefs of our Ancestors. It is available through iBooks and Amazon.


This website only lists information on modern-day comets and meteor showers. The book, however, thoroughly investigates how specific ancient impacts and near misses changed religious beliefs around the world.

Brightest Comets in 21st Century

Comet McNaught


A List of The Brightest Comets in the 21st century

The International Comet Quarterly (ICQ) "is a non-profit scientific journal [ISSN 0736-6922] devoted to the observation, news, and study of comets; it serves as a link between amateur and professional astronomers in the exchange of useful observations (following a standardized format) and news regarding all comets." Recently, it compiled a list of the brightest comets since 1935. The brightest comets in the 21st century, from 2000 to 2013, are ranked below in order of apparent magnitude.


-5.5 C/2006 P1 Comet McNaught
-0.5 C/2002 V1 Comet NEAT
1.0 C/2011 L4 Comet PANSTARRS
2.2 C/2002 T7 Comet LINEAR
2.5 C/2000 WM1 Comet LINEAR
2.8 C/2001 Q4 Comet NEAT
2.9 153P C/2002 C1 Comet Ikeya-Zhang
3.0 C/2001 A2 Comet LINEAR
3.3 C/2004 F4 Comet Bradfield
3.5 C/2004 Q2 Comet Machholz



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