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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

Michal Kaluzny,
Poland, Leszno
Jan. 10, 2007

I took this photo today at 5 pm local time--just after the sunset. The comet is fabulous. It is very bright and beautiful. I took several photos, and on one of them I managed to photograph a flock birds.

Photo details: Celestron ED80 and a Canon 300D.

Calvin Hall,
Anchorage, AK
Jan. 9, 2007
#1, #2, #3

Amazing comet. This is about the 6th comet I have photographed, including Hale Bopp, and the brightness is amazing. Hope the Alaska weather cooperates so I can keep shooting it.

Sal Viviano,
Washington, Michigan
Jan. 10, 2007
#1, #2

After receiving the Space Weather Alert on my cell phone, I headed out to the highest point in Macomb County Michigan, the hill at Stony Creek Metro Park. The clouds were threatening but I chose to wait and was rewarded with beautiful but brief views of the comet.

David Layland,
Near Ticknall, Derbys, England.
Jan. 10, 2007

Almost as bright as Venus, but not quite. Clearly visible to the naked eye, and in the twilight a truly stunning sight.

Photo details: Panasonic FZ7, full zoom, 80 ASA, full aperture, 1/2s exposure auto-bracketed to +/- 2/3rd stop.

Giuseppe Menardi,
Mont Lagazuoi (2.800 mt)
Jan. 10, 2007
#1, more

The comet is very bright (visual magnitude -3) with a 4-degree long tail.

Photo details: Canon EOS D60, 200 mm lens, f/3.5, 200 ISO, 1/80 sec.

Bob King,
Duluth, Minn.
Jan. 9, 2007

The comet shown a beautiful orange in twilight shortly before it set above Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn., where you can see the ski runs lit for nighttime skiing. What a fantastic view!

Photo details: Canon Mark II plus the equivalent of a 540mm telephoto lens at ISO 200.

William Coyle,
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jan. 10, 2007
#1, #2

Photo details: Nikon D200, Nikon 80-200mm lens, f2.8, 100 ISO, 1/15 exposure

Click to find the comet to the left
of the Statue of Liberty.

James Shanks,
Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Jan. 10, 2007
#1, #2

Views of Comet McNaught over New York Harbor.

Photo details: Canon 5D, 100-300mm lens @ 800 ISO.

Ivan Jelisavcic,
Obrenovac, Serbia
Jan. 10, 2007

Comet is brilliant and dominating the western skies, but in this latitude (44 deg. N) we now only have about twenty minutes before it sets. This photo taken at 17:00 local time creates the illusion that it is going to crash into a radio antenna at the city outskirts.

Photo details: Nikon D70, 500mm Reflex f/8 lens, ISO 400, 1 sec exposure

Joni Virtanen,
Kokkola, Finland, Europe
Jan. 10, 2007

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 17-70mm lens, f:2.8-4.5

more images: from James Wagner of Vineland, Ontario, Canada; from Robert B Slobins of Middletown, Delaware; from Chris Cook of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; from Chris Bowman of Louisville, Kentucky; from Rob of Oakland, California; from Gary Soper near Kankakee, Illinois; from John O'Connor of Roanoke, Virginia; from Paul Reed of Hull, East Yokshire, UK; from Duncan Miller of Maisemore, near Gloucester, UK; from John Solodar of St. Charles, MO; from Elias Bonaros and Barbara Rzeszutek of Glen Cove, New York; from Charlie Kiesel of Haubstadt, Indiana; from Al Dugan of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada; from Carol Lakomiak of Tomahawk, Wisconsin; from Zhiqi Wen of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; from Charles Tilley of Statesville, North Carolina; from Michael McCulloch of Knoxville, TN; from David Strange of Branscombe, Devon, UK.