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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

Dennis Mammana,
Easter Island, Chile
Jan. 24, 2007
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The view from Easter Island, despite fighting light pollution near town, clouds, a fading comet AND some weird gastro-intestinal bug that has nearly everyone in my group sick!

Photo Details: Canon 20D, 24mm lens, f/2, 10s at ISO800.

Tim Thorpe,
Southern Mt Lofty Ranges near the Meadows township.
Jan. 23, 2007
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The 23rd was no where near as speccy as the 22nd. Still the cows and sheep enjoyed the show, or rather watching me enjoy the show! Clouds rolled in as the evening ended.

Photo details: Nikon D70 @ ISO 1000

Bruce Smart,
View over the city of Hobart, Tasmania,Australia.
Jan. 23, 2007

The clouds cleared for an hour or so, for the first time in the past week. Two minute exposure on 100iso film produced obvious trailing effect, but allowed for some sky detail.

David Summerhayes,
Sellick's Beach - Near Adelaide South Australia
Jan. 24, 2007

The comet was beautiful and the moonlight lit up the landscape perfectly

Dylan O'Donnell,
Snowy Mountains, Australia
Jan. 24, 2007
#1, more

Comet McNaught's tail shifting with the stars during a 20 minute exposure from the Snowy Mountains.

Olivier Vandeginste,
Le Port, Ile de la Reunion, Indian Ocean
Jan. 24, 2007
#1, #2, more

After 2 weeks of clouds finally an open sky. The comets magnitude is rising fast but it was still visible with the eye.

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D, ISO 400, f=2.8, 30s exposure

Leigh Thomas,
Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.
Jan. 22, 2007

Comet McNaught as seen from southern Australia.

Brian Whittaker,
Airborne 35,000 feet over West Africa, approx 10N 004E. (Northern Hemisphere)
Jan. 21, 2007
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Thanks to the exclusive participant contributions on, I was able to look for and find this incredible Tail towering over 30 degrees in the sky. A truely memorable sight that I almost missed. Who would have believed that this exceptional Tail would be so visible well over an hour after sunset with the Coma and normal tail never even able to be seen from this northern latitude.

David Headland,
Central Otago, Sth Island, New Zealand
Jan. 24, 2007

Simply put... an awesome sight!!!

Photo details: Canon EOS-20D, 50mm lens, 25sec exp f/2.8 ISO 1600. Image is composed of 10 separate photos stitched together (2 rows of 5)

John Lamb,
Dunedin New Zealand
Jan. 23, 2007

Photo details: Nikon D200, Nikkor 12 - 24 mm lens, f/4, 400 ISO, 30 seconds

Danut Ionescu,
Auckland, New Zealand
Jan. 23, 2007
#1, more

The comet is still beautiful!

Photo details: Canon A510, 15 sec, ISO 200, f/2.6, 35mm lens

David O'Carroll,
Scott Creek, Near Adelaide, South Australia
Jan. 23, 2007

While still a spectacular object, glare from the moon is beginning to affect the view of McNaught.

Photo details: Nikon D70, 18-70mm lens, @ 18mm, f3.5. 144 second exposure guided (piggyback) on a 6 inch catadioptric telescope.

more images: from Mendonca Jr. of Pousada Cainã - PR - Brazil; from Bernard Billedo of Tauranga, New Zealand; from I Turner of Katikati, New Zealand; from Bruce McLennan of Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand