Saturday, January 27, 2007

Heavenly bodies


Grant Marine Park was a popular place for comet spotting last week. Each night hundreds of people were dotted along the Cottesloe beachfront looking for Comet McNaught as it became visible at sunset. Thursday 18th January was one of the best nights for viewing with a clear sky but even when there was cloud glimpses could still be seen.

It was great to see that people were careful to keep off the planted areas and stayed on the paths - thank you everyone!

According to the Perth Observatory Comet McNaught only comes around once every 100,000 years and is the brightest comet we have seen in 40 years. It was discovered by astronomer Rob McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, in August 2006. More information and some good photos taken in WA can be seen on the Observatory website at http://www.perthobservatory.wa.gov.au/information/comet_mcnaught.html

Photos taken from all over the world can be seen at http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught_page18.php

Thanks to Jamie and family and Rob for the photos on this page.
Article written by Sue.

1 Comments:

Blogger Robyn said...

A heavenly post Sue, Rob and Jamie and terrific photos on the websites you included. Hundreds of people used the Grant Marine lookout during the week!

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