Friday, 19 January 2007

Comet McNought

Sadly, that's not a typo in the title!

My friend Gavin kindly invited me to join him and his girlfriend, Linda, on a trek to obtain a good view of Comet McNaught.

Gavin called Sydney Observatory to check where the optimal vantage point would be. Not surprisingly, they said "Observatory Hill", but that there were no spots left for tonight's sessions.

The decision was made that getting out of the city lights would be the best plan, so we drove down to the Royal National Park.

We found a spot that seemed to have a good view in the appropriate direction and waited for the sun to go down.

As we waited, we watched whisps of cloud appear on the horizon. By the time the sun was down, this had turned into a blanket of cloud that completely obscured the area where we expected McNaught to be :-(.

We drove to a couple of different spots, but with no further success.

Oh well, it was a nice drive and the view was very pretty. In theory, McNaught will be visible up until around the 26th, so there is still a chance we'll get to see it.