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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

Peter Ward,
Mt Coottha, Brisbane Australia
Jan. 29, 2007
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The cloud formation pointed it out to me!

Photo details: Canon EOS 30D, EF 50mm lens, f1.4, 8 seconds exposure

Gordon Garradd,
Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, Australia
Jan. 29, 2007
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Comet McNaught was an obvious naked eye object with 15 degrees of tail visible this morning. Gale force winds were blowing at the edge of the cliff so I had to hold the tracking mount down to prevent it moving during exposures.

This photo is a must-see
in full size.

Minoru Yoneto,
Queenstown, New Zealand
Jan. 28, 2007
#1, #2, #3, more

We can observe this comet at here lat. 45 degrees S all night long.

Photo details: Pentax *ist DS, Sigma 15mm lens, ISO 800, 300s exposure

Steve Grooby,
Te Mata Peak, Havelock North, New Zealand
Jan. 29, 2007

This comet has certainly got people interested in astronomy again.

Photo details: Canon EOS 5D & 24-105f4L, 24mm lens, 20sec, ISO 800

Grahame Kelaher,
Mudgee Observatory, NSW, Australia
Jan. 29, 2007
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Good morning Comet McNaught! We were able to observe the tail for 2 hours before the head rose above the horizon.

Geoff Sims,
Green Point (near Forster), NSW, Australia
Jan. 26, 2007
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Here is Comet McNaught on Australia Day, setting over the lake near Forster, on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, Australia. Even with a quarter Moon in the sky, the Comet was looking spectacular.

Photo details: Olympus C-5050, lens at 7.1mm, 16seconds at f/1.8, ISO 400.

Luke Calder,
Crown Terrace, Otago, New Zealand
Jan. 28, 2007

Fianlly got a clear night! Not as bright as it was but still a great show.

Photo details: Canon 30D, 28mm lens, 800 ASA, 3.5, 30sec exposure taken at 12.30am

Melissa Hulbert,
Mudgee Observatory, NSW, Australia
Jan. 28, 2007

It was amazing to be able to watch the comet set and then less than 6 hours later watch it rise in the early morning sky.

Photo details: Canon 20D, 30mm f/4.5, 245secs, ISO 800, 18:00UT

Andrew Catsaitis,
Central Coast, NSW, Australia
Jan. 28, 2007

Comet McNaught still putting on a great show even under bright moonlight!

Photo details: Canon 20Da and 5" refractor, ISO 1600, 10 sec exp.

Perica Vujic,
Canberra, Australia
Jan. 26, 2007

This is a shot of Comet McNaught taken from my back yard at about 9:30pm on the 26th January 2007. This is the first comet that I've seen this bright with the naked eye, very impressive!

Steve Coetzee,
Cape Town South Africa
Jan. 20, 2007
#1, more

The best I have seen in my life--so bright you can nearly reach up and pick it out of the sky.