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Written by James Ihaka / Peter Taylor, The New Zealand Herald   
Monday, 22 January 2007

The comet that has stunned star gazers into silence blazing across the skies is now promising an even more spectacular sight.

This week, Comet McNaught will provide a dramatic glimpse of its tail, which is about 30 million kilometres long, about one-fifth of the distance between Earth and the sun.

Dr Grant Christie, an astronomer at the Stardome Observatory at One Tree Hill, said the tail was caused by a combination of pressure from sunlight and the comet's motion.

Photo caption:
A balcony in Ngunguru, Northland, was a perfect place to capture the comet. Reader Peter Taylor opened his Canon EOS 350D to f5.6 for 30 seconds to get this shot.

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