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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

Look for the comet in the
upper-left of this
spectacular photo.
Mauro Zorzenon e Cristina Scauri,
Matajur Mountain, Udine, Italy
Jan. 13, 2007

Comet with the sun- Monte Matajur (Udine-Italy), 13/01/2007 15:44 T.U

Photo details: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 55-200 mm lens set at 112mm, 200 ISO, f/8. 1/250 sec exposure.

Peter Heinzen,
Simplonpass, Switzerland
Jan. 13, 2007

Photo details: Canon EOS 300D, 100 ISO, 1/1600sec, Takahashi FS-128

The full-size version of this photo
shows the comet and a
green flash--simultaneously!

Antonio Finazzi,
Colli di San Fermo (1250 mt) Bergamo Italy
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, #2

Picture #1: Comet McNaught with sun and green flash at 17:03 local time. Nikon D2X, 200mm lens (300 dig), f/8- 1/500sec-100 ISO.

Picture #2: Comet McNaught with Monte Rosa pick at 17:30 local time. Canon 20DA, Pentax Apo 100 SDUF 400mm lens + Teleconverter Nikon 1,4X (900 dig), f/5,6- 1/100sec-100 ISO.

Click on the image
to find the comet.
Pete Lawrence,
Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Jan. 14, 2007
#1, #2, more

Cloud nearly thwarted my view of Comet McNaught today but cloud can be beautiful too. The shot showing cloud shows the colours picked up by the camera during the shot. The comet? Well that's the tiny bright spot in the centre of all that mother of pearl. A diamond amongst the pearls! Later, the clouds started to clear along the horizon at sunset. I tried for the comet once more but failed. However, I did spy a rare (for the UK) green flash.

Philipp Salzgeber,
Wolfurt, Austria, Europe
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, #2, #3, more

Comet McNaught in broad daylight. The comet was so bright that it was possible to see him with the unaided eye when the sun was shaded by the house.

Photo details: Nikon D200 and a Telezoom, and a small achromatic refractor (80/480)

Rob Ratkowski,
Haleakala, Maui
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, #2, #3, more

We finally got past our Kona low and the sky cleared on the last day possible to view Comet McNaught. Members of Haleakala Astronomers, guests and astronomers from the Institute for Astronomy all were out for our 1st daylight comet. After the sun was below the horizon, the comet was brightly visible and later followed by a bright Milky Way and Zodiacal Light

Markovic Nedeljko,
Novi Sad, Serbia
Jan. 12, 2007

I was on the roof of my apart,ment building. While filming, I didn`t see anything of the comet, and didn`t have a binoculars or any other aid to help my eyes. It was kind of "blind" shooting, and I was pleased to see a comet on the monitor of my PC. If I had any aid to my eyes and could see it, I would use longer lens. This animation is made of crops of images shot with a 70mm lens and Canon EOS 20D.

Chuck Dethloff,
Beaverton, Oregon
Jan. 13, 2007
#1, #2

McNaught was a gorgeous sight easily visible to the unaided eye against the twilight sky!

Photo details: Nikon D70 with Tokina telephoto lens set at 400mm (35mm equiv=600mm).

Alex Veles,
Kiev, Ukraine
Jan. 11, 2007

Wonderful decline of the day, bright comet McNaught! In the top-right corner a trace of airplane. Main image took with 100mm lense on f/4 and 1/125 s exposure, zoom-with 300mm f/4 1/25s.

Photo details: Canon 30D camera, 640ISO, 100mm and 300mm lenses.

Amir Hossein Abolfath,
Tehran, Iran
Jan. 14, 2007

I've taken this photo at 4 pm behind clouds.

Photo details:
11 cm William-Optics Apo and Canon EOS 30D.

more images: from Oscar Hernandez of San Pedro Cholula, Mexico; from Didier Hayem of Geneva, Switzerland; from Terry Tedor of North Pole, Alaska; from Carolyn Frayn of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; from Brian Jolley of Bountiful, Utah.