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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

Grahame Kelaher,
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Jan. 16, 2007
#1, #2, more

Comet McNaught really put on a show for Sydney tonight, estimated mag was -2.5 (+-0.5). It was easily visible on the horizon for about 30 mins after sunset!

Photo details: Canon 20D, ISO 200 with a 70-300mm lens, f/5.6, with 2x teleconvertor.

Geoff Sims,
Manly, Sydney, Australia
Jan. 16, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4

Comet McNaught put on a great show last night and its tail was clearly visible to the naked eye. It was a beautiful scene: the Comet and Venus in the twilight sky, setting over beautiful Sydney Harbour - note also the passing Ferries. Photos taken with an Olympus C-5050.

David Summerhayes,
Sellicks Beach, near Adelaide, South Australia
Jan. 16, 2007
#1, #2

The long summer twilight made viewing a little difficult, but the photos came out nicely!

Photo details: #1-Nikon D200, 500mm lens; #2-Canon 5D, 400mm lens

Mariano Ribas,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Jan. 16, 2007
#1, #2

Here in Argentina, the Great Comet McNaught is a real hit. It's a wonderful sight after sunset. The comet is around magnitude -3, and its bright and curved tail is easy to see with the naked eye.

Mark Keech,
Otford, NSW, Australia
Jan. 16, 2007

It looked as though we would miss out on a view of Comet McNaught due to increasing cloud cover on the western horizon, but we ended up with a more spectacular show than that of Monday night because the comet was in a darker part of the sky.

Photo details: Camera: Pentax *istDL, 100-300 mm Sigma lens, ISO 1600, 1/4s, f6.7

Daniel Augusto Chiesa ( DanAug),
Montevideo, Uruguay
Jan. 16, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

Photo details: Nikon Coolpix digital E-5600

John Burt,
Gisborne, New Zealand
Jan. 16, 2007

Comet McNaught put on its first really stunning evening show for us in the southern hemisphere.

Photo details: Modified Canon 300D, 300mm zoom lens at f5.6, 1/50s, iso 400.

Rogerio Marcon,
Campinas - Sao Paulo - Brasil
Jan. 16, 2007
#1, #2

Photo details: Canon 20D, 1/4 sec, ISO 200, Pentax 105mm lens

George de San Miguel,
Fremantle, Western Australia
Jan. 16, 2007

Two days after first being glimpsed from Fremantle, McNaught put on a spectacular naked eye display.

Marco Nero,
Castle Hill, Sydney, Australia.
Jan. 16, 2007
#1, #2, #3

These pictures were taken on the second night of visibility (Jan 16 EST) which was much more impressive than the night before. I used a >250mW green laser to target and mark the location of the comet as it was moving swiftly (as it approached the horizon).

Photo details: Wicked Lasers >250mW 532nm 'SPYDER II' Laser. Camera: Canon Powershot Pro 1 with added 300mm (equiv) Tele lens

more images: from Katie Everett on an escarpment of the Darling Range, Clifton Hills, Perth, Western Australia; from Steven Graham of Christchurch, New Zealand; from Marcio Almeida Ribeiro of Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil; from Dicky Tong of Top Ryde, Sydney, Australia; from Claudio Basualto Merino of Puerto Montt, Chile; from Julio C G Sampaio of Perth - WA - Australia; from Adam Branford of Mount Gambier, South Australia; from Cassiano Macedo of Sao Paulo, Brazil; from Frank Tornyai of Auckland, North Shore, New Zealand; from Yuri Deans of Perth, Western Australia; from Chris Norman of Monument Hill, Fremantle, Western Australia; from Adrian Moore of Kurri Kurri N.S.W Australia;