Comet of the Century
Comet McNaught, the brightest comet, in decades is now visible shortly after sunset and before sunrise. It is expected to become the brightest comet of the last 100 years. Needless to say this is a once in lifetime experience. Click on the picture to get more information on it. Go out tonight and take a look at it. You don't need a telescope. You can see it with your naked eye but binoculars will enhance the experience.
Brian Dinsky · 17 years, 1 month ago
bah, living in the city i doubt i'll be able to check it out. i'll try anyway, thanks for the heads up, mister gordon.
Your commas are placed like an inappropriatly punctuated GRE sentance.
Jºnªthªn · 17 years, 1 month ago
Hyakutake was pretty amazing looking, but the last "comet of the century" I recall was Halley's, and it was a total disappointment.
No way. Looking like an idiot RULES.
(Irony is often mistaken for idiocy.)
Mamalissa! · 17 years, 1 month ago
Since the comet isn't going to be seen in the Southern Hemisphere until tomorrow, this photo is obviously of the North Poles.
You are going to hell just for that joke. Don't you know that Polish jokes are in bad taste?
Paul · 17 years, 1 month ago
I have NASA's www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_738.htmlimage of the day on my homepage, funny they didn't put the comet up. That is a great picture-amazing resolution of the comet, the color of the sky , and the clouds.
The comet from space is my least favorite of the photos but I'm not sure which is my favorite. I'm leaning towards the one taken in Catalonia. I like the effect of being above the clouds.
ian hutson · 17 years, 1 month ago
I would like to see it but im not sure that it will be near me when I look for it.
SOHO: Comet McNaught Movie
Credit: SOHO Consortium, LASCO, ESA, NASA - courtesy Steele Hill
Explanation: This frame from a spectacular time lapse movie shows Comet McNaught - the Great Comet of 2007 - sweeping through the inner solar system. The movie frames were recorded from January 12 through Jan 16 by a coronograph onboard the sun-staring SOHO spacecraft. Bright planet Mercury also glides dramatically through the field of view but the Sun itself remains fixed, hidden behind the coronograph's central occulting disk. The broad-tailed comet is so bright it almost overwhelms SOHO's sensitive camera designed to explore the fainter structures in the Sun's outer atmosphere. Comet McNaught's closest approach to the Sun (perihelion on January 12) was only 0.17 astronomical units, or about half the distance between the Sun and Mercury. (Note: To download the movie file, click on the picture.)
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years ago
I had to share this latest pic of the comet.
Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning
Credit & Copyright: Antti Kemppainen
Explanation: Sometimes the sky itself is the best show in town. On January 26, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. Nearby, fireworks exploded as part of Australia Day celebrations. On the far right, lightning from a thunderstorm flashed in the distance. Near the image center, though, seen through clouds, was the most unusual sight of all: Comet McNaught. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes. Comet McNaught continues to move out from the Sun and dim, but should remain visible in southern skies with binoculars through the end of this month. The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.
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