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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

Gordon Garradd,
Siding Spring Observatory, NSW Australia
Feb. 9, 2007
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Comet McNaught continues to display over 15 degrees of tail to the naked eye now the moon is out of the way.

Photo details: Nikon D200, ISO 320, 500 seconds

Ian Cooper,
Glen Oroua, Manawatu, New Zealand
Feb. 8, 2007

People have been calling me and saying that they are having trouble seeing THE comet, mostly city folk. Well at 4th magnitude it is probably not surprising. Then again, what they didn't know is that I have captured McNaught down my chimney!

Photo details: Nikon F with a 50mm lens at f/2, 60 second exposure on Fuji Xtra 800 film.

George Ionas,
Opiki, New Zealand
Feb. 8, 2007

High altitude hazy cloud hampered a good view of comet McNaught but it was still visible to the unaided eye. This three minute guided exposure shows comet McNaught with an approximate 8 degree tail and exhibiting a small but distinct anti-tail.

Photo details: Nikon D100, ISO800, 105mm lens, f/1.8, 180 second exposure.

Chris Picking,
Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
Feb. 8, 2007
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Taken around 11pm local time, this image shows the comet with the Large and Small Magellanic clouds above.

Photo details: Canon 10D, ISO800, 18mm lens, f/3.5, 5 minute exposure.

Daniel Bedo,
The Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park near Cervantes, about 250 Km North of Perth Western Australia
Jan. 29, 2007

The lack of light from development made for excellent viewing conditions in this unique location.

Photo details: Nikon D200, 50mm lens, f 8, 800 ISO, 30 sec exposure, fill in flash for foreground.

Stephane Guisard,
Above Santiago de Chile in the Andes, 13000 feet altitude.
Jan. 21, 2007
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Photo details: Canon 20Da, 21 mm lens, f/4, 30sec exposure, 400 asa