26 January 2007

Comet McNaught

Last night, we went to Mentone Beach (south of Melbourne CBD) to look for Comet McNaught. It was a clear night and would probably be the last chance to see it in the city before the weather changed. We found a small crowd of sightseers, armed with telescopes, at the beach car park. At dusk, about 2130, we started looking for the comet in the sky but couldn't find it. A lady in a wheelchair by a telescope showed us where to look and we spotted it. It was higher above the horizon than we'd expected and very faint due to light pollution. The kids were pretty excited since it was the first comet they had ever seen.