I just saw the Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) tonight from Mt Eden!

21 January 2007

I was so gutted when a friend asked me if I had seen the comet last Thursday night – I had heard something about a comet coming, but did not know the when, where or how long…

Apparently Comet McNaught was discovered by an Australian in August of last year.

I determined to see it one of the following nights, the bad news was that Auckland (surprise surprise) would be cloudy for the next week or so! Took the chance when I went for a walk, and sat atop Mt Eden in the hopes it would clear in time and it did!

The comet was just beautiful, and worth freezing in the wind. Apparently although comets may not be so predictable, you should be able to see it in the south-west night sky for another week.

Below are a few news links and a link for some photographs taken over the past week or so.

From Scoop….

Photos from Spaceweather….

From the NZ Herald….

Charts and things from the Carter Observatory….

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