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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

P-M Heden,
Vallentuna, Sweden
Jan. 8, 2007
#1, more

Even a clearer view of the comet between clouds. What a great view it is to see comet McNaught! Think what nature can bring to us, so everybody get out and enjoy's for free!!!

Daniel McKeel,
Pittsburgh, PA
Jan. 7, 2007

Photo details: Canon 300D, 300mm lens, f/5, ISO 800, 1/6 sec

Andreas D. Skjervold,
Boda, Norway
Jan. 8, 2007
#1, more

When I stepped outside this morning, I stopped short on my doorstep as the sight on the morning sky was marvelous. Comet McNaught was shining almost as brightly as Venus.

Photo details: Nikon D70, 70mm, ISO200, 4 sec, f/5

Stefan Seip,
Near Pforzheim, Germany
Jan. 7, 2007
#1, more

The inset shows the comet in full size. You can see a darker lane in the middle of the tail. I was also able to see that phenomena in my binoculars. The inset is a stack of 19 individual images (to reduce the noise).

Photo details: Canon EOS 1Ds, Canon 600mm/4 lens, f/4.5, ISO 200, 1 second exposure. Date: January 7th, 2007 Time: 16:32 UT Camera:

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among the clouds.
Pete Lawrence,
Selsey's East Beach, West Sussex, UK
Jan. 8, 2007
#1, #2, #3, #4, more

After watching a break in the seemingly neverending clouds that have been covering the UK for many weeks now, I got an oppotunity to see Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught this morning. It's very bright indeed and I was able to follow it until 07:40 with the naked eye! A short exposure will reveal the comet's head and tail well. As it's visible in the morning and evening twilight, it's really worth putting in the effort to try and catch this beautiful sight.

Mila Zinkova,
San Francisco, California, USA
Jan. 8, 2006
#1, #2, more

I believe it was the most Southern known sighting of the Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1). For 5 nights in the row I was trying to see the comet McNaught, but with the ever present Marin layer and with latitude 37.66N it seemed to be practically impossible until tonight. Tonight I even was able to see Farralon Island (a really rare event in San Francisco). Marin layer was still there, but it was lower and maybe not so dense as last few days and I did see the comet!

Photo details: Canon XTI, 300 mm lens, 1 second exposure, ISO 400.

Tim Printy,
Manchester, NH
Jan. 8, 2007

I found Comet McNaught about 25 minutes after sunset. It was about magnitude -1 with a short tail. I managed to get a few pics before it set into the treeline.

Photo details: This is a stack of 7 images taken with a Nikon D70 set at ISO 200 using a 400mm F5.6 lens. Exposure time was 1/25 sec.

more images: from Allen Ginzburg of Aptos, California; from John D. Sabia of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania; from Mark Million of Earlham, Iowa; from Joseph M. Golebieski of Toms River, NJ