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The discoverer of comet Robert McNaught calls it a night out in Australia's terrific outback career



December 21, 2018 06:29:17

Robert H McNaught closes his looks and determines the most important moment in his career.

"At that moment I dreamed of a boy," said the Scottish astronomer, now much better known at the Australian Spring Outdoor Observatory.

On January 19, 2007, the man with the greatest discovery in the world, was one of the brightest comets in the living memory, the perfect image that was seen in the sky.

"It's been the brightest comet ever seen in any of the astronomers around the world over the past 50 years," he said.

After two days, it was bright day, he could see with his eyes only.

The night was "spectacular".

In astronomical conditions, Mr. McNaught succeeded in the jackpot and "it was wonderful".

Blobtik show

At the end of 2006, Mr. McNaught, based in Coonabarabran, in the northwest of New South Wales, found ice, gas, and dust on incredible balloons.

"At night, I would have to return my equipment for the dark light, but I still saw it," said that night.

"The software is a collecting object that is moving and I have caught my attention, but at that time the blob was small and compact."

The preview was built at night as a comet, later named Comet McNaught 2006 P1, facing the Earth.

Astronomers seemed like a comet, but thought it was sensational.

"A colleague told me that kites are like kites – they have tailors and please!" he said.

"But when it arrived it was very bright, it overcame the expectations of everyone."

Eleven years ago, Comet McNaught is a household name among stargazers.

Halley's comet is brighter than the famous Comet, stretching hundreds of millions of miles.

The good memories of McNaught's comet will be with him, he said.

"Unless at least they are a wonderful technological advance, we will never see that. The next year will be 93,000 years."

Austrian foreign youth Scot

Like a young boy living in Scotland, McNaught never imagined his life in Australia, only a small town in Coonabarabran, located on the foothills of the Warrumbungle Mountains and the headquarters of the renowned spring observatory.

"When I grew up, everyone had a charcoal fire, I was lucky, because I saw two dozen stars over," he said.

So how did a young Scot make the passion for stargazing? The magic of a picture book, of course.

"I remember when I was seven years old and received good care for my Sunday and Sunday school," he said.

"My friend gave us a book about space, so we changed, from here I read everything about astronomy."

After completing the school, McNaught was enrolled in a university astronomy.

But he has hit the disaster. He hates

"I thought I had very great grades and I lost all the time, so I left astronomy," he said.

However, he earned an honorary degree in Psychology and worked for a few months of graduation using a satellite tracking telescope, which he carried out in Australia.

During a 30-year career, McNaught met more than 80 comets.

"I had an immense obsession with my astronomical discovery in my professional career and I found a little six six-weekly comedies, three of them in 24 hours," he said.

Day in the life of a comet hunter

After three decades of exploring dark night, Mr McNaught may change his body.

Five years later, only a few hours a day can sleep.

"My dream model has been fundamentally destroyed," he said.

During his work life, his work begins on the streets.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner would take "night time" at night, while he was often "at work", choosing a night sky skeleton.

In winter night, clearly, the changes would last for 12 hours.

Mr McNaught said that there was no rest for the wicked, even in the misty night.

"You'll always find jobs – maintenance, writing reports or updating the software," he said.


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