Holy moly. From Spaceweather.com, I actually gasped when I saw this photo.
Minoru Yoneto of Queenstown, New Zealand took the picture on Jan. 30th shortly after a solar wind stream hit Earth, triggering a strong geomagnetic storm. "The comet lost its tail among the auroras," says Yoneto.
Comet Maxx is receding from Earth and fading, but it is still an easy target for photographers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Isn't it kind of Maxx to leave us with such glorious and comforting images?
Surely the best boy ever.