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Comet McNaught

Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught)
by Peter Enright

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All these photographs were taken at the same time at differing exposures: Nikon D100 on January 19, 2007 from Manning Point, northern New South Wales, Australia—no street lights out there in this sleepy coastal holiday spot so there was no light pollution in the night sky. The last photograph is a 23 second time-lapse shot at ISO 1250 with a 70mm lens that clearly shows the comet’s spectacular fan-like dust tail, visible to the naked eye as a faint glow.

Peter Enright is a writer, filmmaker and photographer based in Sydney, London and Moscow.

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