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Comet of the Century

   Discussion: Comet of the Century
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 15 years ago
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.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 15 years ago
Your commas are placed like an inappropriatly punctuated GRE sentance.
Bender Back · 15 years ago
Check your own spelling before criticizing someone else's grammar.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
Nah. Where's the fun in that? :oD
Bender Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
The fun's in not looking like an idiot :P
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
No way. Looking like an idiot RULES.

(Irony is often mistaken for idiocy.)
Bender Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
Touche :)
Brian Dinsky · 15 years 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.
Rimbo · 15 years ago
It's the brightest comet, and it's name is "McNaught." 

Jºnªthªn · 15 years ago
Hyakutake was pretty amazing looking, but the last "comet of the century" I recall was Halley's, and it was a total disappointment.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 14 years, 11 months ago
This is the Comet over Krakow. Once again click on the image to get more information including a bigger version of the same picture and how to see realtime images of it from a spacecraft.

Mamalissa! Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
Since the comet isn't going to be seen in the Southern Hemisphere until tomorrow, this photo is  obviously of the North Poles.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
You are going to hell just for that joke. Don't you know that Polish jokes are in bad taste?
Misch Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
Bad taste?  I happen to like polish dill pickles.
Mamalissa! Back · 14 years, 11 months ago

I might be going to hell, but it certainly isn't for that joke.

Gordondon son of Ethelred · 14 years, 11 months ago

Credit & Copyright: Juan Casado (

The comet got brighter than Venus! As usual click on the photo for more info.

Does anyone else regularly check the Astronomy Picture of the Day? It is the source of my desktop backgrounds. I change it every time I like the new pic.
Paul Back · 14 years, 11 months ago
I have NASA's 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.
Paul · 14 years, 11 months ago While I was at the NASA website they had a link for Bush's vision for NASA. I didn't read it but it made me think of this recent Doonesbury strip
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 14 years, 11 months ago
One more view of the comet.
 Comet McNaught from New STEREO Satellite
Comet McNaught from New STEREO Satellite

That is what the comet looked like from the Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation (SECCHI) instrument onboard the Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellite.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 14 years, 11 months ago
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.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 14 years, 11 months ago

McNaught's Matinee
Credit & Copyright: Stefan Seip - Inset: David Levy

ian hutson · 14 years, 11 months ago
I would like to see it but im not sure that it will be near me when I look for it.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 14 years, 11 months ago

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 · 14 years, 11 months 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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