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Comet McNaught Over Catalonia

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#97997 by @ 16.01.2007 00:00 - nach oben -
Comet McNaught Over Catalonia

This past weekend Comet McNaught peaked at a brightness that surpassed even Venus.

Fascinated sky enthusiasts in the Earth's northern hemisphere were treated to an
instantly visible comet head and a faint elongated tail
near sunrise and sunset.

Recent brightness estimates had
Comet McNaught
brighter than
magnitude -5 (minus five) over this past weekend, making it the
brightest comet since
Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965,
which was recorded at -7 (minus seven).

The Great Comet of 2007
reached its brightest as it rounded the Sun well inside the orbit of Mercury.

Over the next week
Comet McNaught
will begin to fade as it moves south and away from the Sun.

The unexpectedly bright comet
should remain visible to
observers in the southern hemisphere with unaided
eyes for the rest of January.

The above image, vertically compressed, was taken at sunset last Friday from
mountains above

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#98055 by @ 16.01.2007 22:40 - nach oben -
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