Reminiscing Comet McNaught….
Taken by Noeleen Lowndes on January 19, 2007 @ Toowoomba & Leyburn in Australia
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure Time: 30/1
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Date Taken: 2013:12:15 15:36:07
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While writing up my blog on Comet ISON, I could not help but remember the magnificent Comet McNaught that graced our sky in 2007 and thought I would share some of my images with you…

Comet McNaught was also a sungrazing comet like Comet ISON, but it survived its close encounter with the Sun and spectacularly headed back out through the Solar System in early 2007. The comet was at perihelion on the 12th January 2007 but because of cloudy weather all over Australia, nobody had managed to see it for nearly a week.

Then on the 18th January the clouds parted and ‘Wow’ we got our first look at this amazing comet at post perihelion with its stunning tail blazing up the western sky.

On the 19th & the 20th of January, I got my best images of the comet with its extraordinary huge tail that feathered high up into the sky and right across the horizon…it also brought all our astronomy club members together to share a wonderful celestial event that will always be remembered by us all….

If Comet ISON had survived its close encounter with the Sun, it may have indeed put on a beautiful display just like Comet McNaught…but you never know, maybe Comet Lovejoy has a big surprise waiting for us….

Thank you to everyone on for posting your images of Comet ISON, our skies here in Australia were far too light in the predawn sky to see or obtain any good images of Comet ISON.

All images of Comet McNaught were taken with a Canon 350D camera with either an 18-55mm or 70-300mm lens on a tripod on the 19th & 20th January 2007. The exposures ranged from 2.5 seconds to 30th seconds.
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