comet 45-45


C/2006 P1 Mc Naught on Jan 9th 2007 after sunset in a bright blue twilight sky as seen in the 10X50mm binoculars. The pearly white dust tail extended for 1 degree (2 full moon diameters) at a 45 degree angle to the NW. Visible running down the dust tail was the rare 'shadow of the nucleus' feature - a feature on great comets of centuries past. (not shown on sketch). Observation made from Willow Glynn, Maghera after a fine sunny winters day.