COMETS

While also watching the sky for clouds, thunderstorms and other weather phenomena, I also enjoy the night sky.  My ultimate goal is to get a telescope, that I can mount a camera too, in order to gaze into the night sky, but until that time occurs, I use my camera and telephoto lens to pick out some night-sky objects.  I find it interesting/fun to track comets and have found some of the past comets that have grazed our humble planet.  Here are some photos of the comets.

Below are some photos of Comet Holmes (10-31-07) which was more of a glob of light with no tail

Below are some photos of Comet McNaught (1-10-07) as it sets behind the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah Nat'l Park

McNaught had a skinny tail that expanded during the next several weeks

Below are some photos of the expanding tail of Comet McNaught (1-20-07) behind the Blue Ridge Mountains with the moon setting

(streaks to left are airplane lights)