OMG! I finally got to see McNaught's comet tonight! It was awesome! I thought we'd missed it thanks to all the cloud and smoke cover we've had lately, but tonight we had a beautifully clear night. Absolutely cloudless. *joy!* And thanks to my dear friend, Cindy in Canberra, who alerted me that it was up and visible in the South-West, I checked the local sky, squeeeeeeeeeeed madly and got the whole family out for a look.
This is the first comet I've ever seen (well, there was Haley's back in '86 but that was barely visible) so I stood out the front for a good hour (I think) ringing family and friends getting them out to look at it before it set. Saw a rather spectacular 'shooting star' while I was out there too. I could see it burning. *boggles* Of course it was over in a flash, but it must have been awfully close for me to be able to see it red and burning!
The comet's tail was faaaaaaaaabulous!