All for McNaught

Although us northern hemispherians can no longer see Comet P1 McNaught, the southern hemisphere is getting a great show. Ian has been blogging like a man possessed over the past week (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) providing links to many images of the comet taken from southern latitudes as well as some of his own. The comet really is putting on a good show and I'm more than a little frustrated that I never saw a thing before it disappeared from sight from the UK. So, if you live in the southern hemisphere, go outside before sunset and try to spot it.

Comet McNaught and ESO
The extended tail of Comet McNaught, seen from Paranal, observed in the evening of 18 January 2007, when the comet was setting behind the Pacific Ocean. In the foreground: one of the VLT Unit Telescope and two Auxiliary Telescopes. CREDIT: ESO PR Photo 05c/07
The beautiful image above comes from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile who have some nice pictures of the comet with the telescopes at Paranal. Just look at the tail. But the fantastic images don't stop there! As well as the official pictures, ESO staff have put together a compilation of their own stunning images. I really like this one by S. Deiries (ESO). Wow! I've just got myself a new desktop wallpaper.

Check out Flickr for a stream of Comet McNaught images from all over the world.

Updates: Ian is still going .... 11, 12, 13... and he promises more soon!

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 22nd Jan 2007 (00:52 GMT) | Permalink
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