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Comet C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)

 

This comet reached naked eye brightness at the beginning of 2005 and it passed quite close to the Pleiades.

Comet Machholz near the Pleiades

Canon EOS 10D 100-400mm lens @ 210mm 28x10s f/4.5 ISO1600 2005:01:08 18:44:44 - 18:52:06 UT

Comet Machholz near the Pleiades

Canon EOS 10D 28-105mm lens @ 55mm 32x15s f/4.5 ISO1600 2005:01:05 20:21:06 - 20:30:58 UT

These photos were taken from the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, heavily light-polluted (at least 8 on the Bortle scale).

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