Image: Solar Activity for Jan 24, 2007
View the Animated footage of this huge solar flare
COMET MCNAUGHT: Just another typical night in New Zealand--stars, clouds, an airplane and the brightest comet in 40 years! Last night on the island of Wairarapa, photographer Chris Picking made this movie of Comet McNaught setting in the west:
Comet McNaught is visible from all parts of the Southern Hemisphere. No finder chart is required--simply look west after sunset. "What a spectacle!" says Hannes Pieterse of Bloemfontein, South Africa. "The mammoth tail stretches all the way past Venus: image."