Comet McNaught


guys there’s a comet visible with the naked eye till at least friday the 18th of January. or at least that’s what i’ve been told. i haven’t seen it yet. anyone manage to get a decent photo of it over melbourne. ( the photo above is sydney)

16 Comments so far

  1. xlynx (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    Where is the comet in that photo?

  2. Brett (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    Looks like it has been chopped off, it’s there in my RSS reader (just off the right edge). I think it’s been too cloudy to see from Melbourne :(

    The discoverer, Rob McNaught, is an Australian (or works here, anyway). He’s discovered hundreds of asteroids and about a dozen comets. I briefly worked at the same observatory as him a long time ago, but I doubt he would remember me!

  3. Neil (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

    All fixed now ;)

  4. xlynx (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    ah, beautiful. cheers.

  5. Shane (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

    Hey guys im pretty sure i saw this comet tonight 22/7/07.

    I was sitting inside with my gf and i went out for a smoke. I thought a comet would be visibly moving through the sky? But this one was just sitting there hardly moving to the naked eye, and you could see the trail.

    If anyone else saw ot contact me on

    Does anyone know the name or classifation of this thing?

  6. bjvan2003 (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 7:14 am

    im in the sth east of melbourne and when in scoresby i saw the comet with a trail heading south.

    It was a great view and easier to spot than when haleys came past about 10 yr ago.

  7. nat (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 8:59 am

    hi i saw the commet from my front yard in geelong last night, very clear view in the southern sky. it was visible for over an hour easily. it was beautiful.

  8. Bec (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    I saw the commet last night! Amazing.

  9. kirsty (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    hey will i still be able to see it tonight? if so what time?

  10. Neil (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    For tonight, 23/1

    Go out around 9:30, and look towards the southwest.

  11. Tom (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    The comet has been visible from Ballarat over the last 2 nights (Monday and Tuesday). Its bright enough to see with surrounding street lighting.
    Look to the South, about 9:40pm, it gets better from then until about 10:30pm.

  12. Craig (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    Well tonight is the 25th Jan 2007 and the comet is still visible in the night sky to the southeast from Clayton. Walking down the street I saw it for the first time tonight… cool!

  13. Craig (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    sorry southwest :P

  14. Phil (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Great photo but check out the photo I found at flickr

  15. Neil (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    Very cool picture. Looks like artwork.

  16. berrynose (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

    I took a few images of the comet in Mt Donna Buang & Torquay but unfortunately I didn’t manage to take one with Melbourne city skyline, as I thought it wasn’t bright enough to compete with the bright lights from the city even on the first visible day (22 Jan) for Melbourne.

    But anyway I found one photo here with Melbourne city skyline, although the comet is faint in the photo:

    Cheers, Berrynose

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