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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

Mike Higgie,
Feilding, North Island, New Zealand
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2

Comet Mcnaught and some meteors!

Photo details: Nikon D70, ISO200, 18-70mm lens, 120sec exposure, F3.8.

Morton Henderson,
Wangi Wangi, Lake Macquarie, NSW Australia.
Jan. 20, 2007

The tail is so big now, it's too big to fit in the field of view, and I left my wide angle at home!

Photo details: Canon EOS 10D, ISO 400, 70mm lens, approx 10 seconds.

Sam Kay,
near Peaks Crossing, SW of Brisbane, Australia
Jan. 20, 2007
#1, #2

Red glow on horizon of setting comet tail.

Photo details: Nikon D50, 20sec, f1.8 50mm lens, ISO 1600. Some extra red added. Image is about 20 deg wide.

Ashley Marles,
Christchurch, New Zealand
Jan. 22, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4

Many hundreds of people waited on the hills above Christchurch, NZ this evening for the cloud band to disappear and they were treated to a wonderful sight.

Photo details: Canon 20D, ISO400, lens 24mm, 35mm, and 200mm piggybacked on Celestron C8

Roberto Riela,
Montevideo - Uruguay
Jan. 21, 2007

Photo details: FujiFilm Finepix S5600

Aussie Ausserlechner,
Mount Barker Summit, South Australia
Jan. 22, 2007

Photo details: Sony A100, 75mm lens, 400 ISO, f/4.5, 8s exposure

Lindsay Knowles,
Lang Lang Jetty.Westernport Bay. Victoria. Australia
Jan. 22, 2007

Greatest display on Earth! It looked amazing.

Photo details: Canon 300D, 50mm lens, f/1.8, 100 ISO, 30 sec

Greg Pitt,
Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Jan. 20, 2007

This photograph was taken at Lake Macquarie on the NSW central coast on Saturday, 20th January using a NIKON 5700. The exposure was 8 seconds, f2.8 set at ISO 400 and with a focal length of 8.9 mm. On a balmy summer evening many interested people stopped to view the cosmic spectacle.

more images: from David Smith of North Head, Sydney, Australia; from Michael Daniel of Frankston, Victoria, Australia;