Monday, January 22, 2007

Comet McNaught Take 3

Last night (21-01-07) the trough of bad weather crossing SE Australia cleared from the ACT region at just the right time. Within about 1.5 hours before sundown a hole developed to the SE and widened with only low cloud hanging on the bridabellas and passing scud. Comet McNaught again looked fantastic with the striations in the tail clearly visible and a giant arc to the north being faintly suggested. The nucleus was lost about 30 minutes before it would normally set in a cloud bank but it was about to enter ground haze anyway. The comet may have been slightly darker than the previous night but still incredible. A two day old moon was visible but quickly set. In another 2 days it will start to disrupt the viewing I think. The better photos are below.


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