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Beyond the expected

Behold Comet McNaught! (or possibly Venus)

By johnboy - 22 January 2007 28

Mad Kiwi stood on top of Mount Arawang, between Chapman and Kambah, yesterday at sunset and captured the comet (I have cropped his photo to add emphasis).

Curse Hollywood for creating overblown expectations of celestial events!

UPDATED: We’ve had two reports that the comet put on a big show last night, so it might be worth giving it another go.

Note: The possible comet picture here was from last week.

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28 Responses to
Behold Comet McNaught! (or possibly Venus)
LlamaFrog 8:43 pm 16 Jan 07

not happy people, did anybody see anything other then a dot that may have been venus?

The Drewster 12:30 pm 16 Jan 07

Halleys comet was a blue smudge, this one was a white dot. Can not wait for the next one.

Absent Diane 11:57 am 16 Jan 07

I don’t know if anyone saw but there was heaps of shooting stars on friday night… didn’t quite make up for the massive shooting star storm that never eventuated a few months ago.. but was still quite good.

Mr Evil 11:42 am 16 Jan 07

Canberra’s Comet looks about as bright and visible as Canberra’s Star Hayley Jensen!

VYBerlinaV8_now with 10:44 am 16 Jan 07
VYBerlinaV8_now with 10:42 am 16 Jan 07
Thumper 9:26 am 16 Jan 07

Not quite end of the world sort of stuff is it?

I don’t think it would have worried the dinosaurs much…

poptop 9:23 am 16 Jan 07

The guys in the northern hemisphere seem to have received a far better show than us – there are photos of it being visible during the day and looking quite the hollywood comet at night.

As it is almost Canberra’s own comet, you would thing Dr McNaught could have organised things better.

haroldbeagle 9:07 am 16 Jan 07

Nope. Not the comet. Definitely Venus. With the haze that was present, the comet was only visible with binoculars or a ‘scope.

Check out Ice In Space for details of when and where to see it.

Ralph 9:02 am 16 Jan 07


Al 8:56 am 16 Jan 07


mad_kiwi 8:39 am 16 Jan 07

i assumed it was venus too, it could well be, didnt know there was a comet till i read about it this morning, great sunset though

captainwhorebags 8:30 am 16 Jan 07

I saw that too but I thought it was Venus. My understanding was that the McNaught was much much closer to the Sun, hence all the warnings about viewing it with the naked eye.

Jey 8:28 am 16 Jan 07

So, like, it’s that white dot there?
Cool :s

jr 8:26 am 16 Jan 07

hmmm Are you sure it is a comet? It looks like a couple of dead pixels on the camera… 😛

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