Comet McNaught from South Africa

February 01, 2007

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Referred by: Louis Barendse, BigSkies Astronomy
Summary authors & editors: Louis Barendse

This wondrous view of Comet McNaught was captured above Plettenberg Bay, from Keurboomstrand (East Cape), South Africa, on January 17, 2007. As Comet McNaught moved below the Sun, from the perspective of observers in the Northern Hemisphere, it increased in magnitude and could even be detected during the daytime hours by viewers in the Southern Hemisphere. After sunset, in mid to late Janauary, it was truly a sight to behold. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for January 19.

Photo details: Canon 300D, 100 mm lens, f2.8, exposure of 4 seconds, and ISO of 100.

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