Comet McNaught, the Great Comet of 2007, grew a spectacularly long and filamentary tail.
spread across the sky and was visible for several days to
Southern Hemisphere observers just after sunset.
The amazing tail
showed its greatest extent on long-duration,
wide-angle camera exposures.
During some times,
just the tail
to attain a
peak brightness of
-5 (minus five),
was caught by the
just after sunset in January 2007 from
Siding Spring Observatory
Comet McNaught, the brightest comet in decades, then
as it moved further into southern
and away from the
Within the next two weeks of 2013, rapidly brightening
might sprout a tail that