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  Summary: Comet McNaught swung by the Sun in mid-January 2007. Fierce solar heat turned it into the brightest comet in 40 years; for a few days it was actually visible in broad daylight! When McNaught emerged from the sun's glare into the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, the tail alone stopped traffic and was mistaken for a brush fire, an explosion, a mysterious cloud and probably many other things never reported. For photographers, it was the photo-op of a lifetime. Now Comet NcNaught is receding into the outer solar system never to return -- only the pictures remain. Enjoy the gallery!
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

David Headland,
Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2

Photo details: Canon EOS 20D, 70mm lens, photo 1: 25s f/2.8 3200ISO photo 2: 6s f/2.8 1600ISO photo 3: 6s f/3.5 800ISO

Minoru Yoneto,
Cromwell, New Zealand
Jan. 23, 2007
#1, #2, #3, more

Comet McNaught swims in a night sky without setting in the horizon from today. Please give me enough sleeping time!

Phillip Holmes,
Rockhampton Australia taken with canon 300D 28-90mm lens
Jan. 21, 2007

This is my best photo of the comet, taken with a Canon 300D.

John Wang,
Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4

Wow~ amazing Comet MacNaught over Banks Peninsula!

Photo details: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm lens

Peter Terren,
Bunbury Australia
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, more

The huge fan is visible far more than the naked eye can see in this 3 minute exposure with a Nikon D70s.

Grahame Kelaher,
Mudgee Observatory, Mudgee, NSW, Australia
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, more

Comet McNaught became visible at around 8:50pm, with the tail setting just after midnight! These shots were taken at Mudgee Observatory with a Canon 20D

Geoff Sims,
Manly, Sydney, Australia
Jan. 22, 2006
#1, #2, #3, #4

Despite the city glow, McNaught's comet was clearly visible to the unaided eye.

Photo details: Olympus C-5050, ISO 64, ~16s exposure at at f/2.8

Dave Curtis,
Dunedin, New Zealand
Jan. 23, 2007

I took this image from the backdoor step just after midnight. The comet was so bright I could see it through clouds from inside the house and the inside lights were still on.

Photo details: Canon 1D Mrk2, 70-200 mm lens, f/2.8, 30sec exposure

John Golja,
Mt Dandenong, Melbourne, Australia
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2

The comet was first spotted around 9:20pm local time (10:20UT) during twilight over the south-west. As the night progressed, the comet's tail became more visible to the crowd of around 100 at the Mt Dandenong Observation Deck. By 10:30pm it was spanning an estimated 20 degrees vertically over the night sky!

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D, 50mm(80mm equiv.) at f2.8 4-30 sec ISO400 22/1/2007 9:44pm AEDT (10:44UT)

Peter Hammer,
Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
Jan. 22, 2007

Luckily the comet appeared over the darkest part of the sky where there were no background lights although being in a city there is a lot of scattered light. The orange glow has been partially removed although you can still see it towards the bottom of the image.

Trevor Mackie,
the western suburbs of Mebourne, Australia
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2

Photo details: Taken with Hutech modded 5d and Canon 400D, 28-105mm lens at 28mm. Exposures from 50-90 seconds.

more images: from Ian Brunton of Orange, New South Wales, Australia; from Luis Alberto Mansilla of Rosario, Argentina; from Patrick Ridgway of Gordons Bay South Africa; from Nico Rennis of Buenos Aires, Argentina; from Mauritz Geyser located 40km west from Pretoria, South Africa; from Diego Vallmitjana of Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina; from Harry Peters of Scarborough Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa;