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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) in the Daytime!

Most people think that the only celestial object visible in the day sky is the Sun, ignoring the moon completely. They can be excused for not knowing that other objects like the planet Venus, and less often, Jupiter, can also be seen during the day when the conditions are just right.

Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) is the brightest comet in 30 years and is visible in the daylight sky, if you know exactly where to look and your sky has no clouds or haze. It is very close to the Sun, so viewing this comet in the daytime can be extremely dangerous!!!

While this image isn't very spectacular, it was made just before noon on top of Mt. Lemmon!

Canon 20D - 1/800th second, 300mm @ f/ 5.6, ISO 100

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