This being the time of the new moon, it makes for good night viewing. Take a look to the right of The Pleiades and you will see a small smudge in the sky. With binoculars, it is clearer. This is the comet Machholz. Below is a picture courtesy of NASA.
For those of you not used to the southern sky in winter, first find Orion and its belt. Pointing downward to the left, you will find Sirius. Upwards and to the right, you will find the Pleiades: a cluster of stars, seven of which are visible to the naked eye. The comet is just to the right, and heading northwest from the Pleiades every night. (For those of you in the southern hemisphere, Orion is upside down - I don't want to hear an argument, as his sword hangs down from his belt from our view and up in your view - explain that! The comet is heading down to the left, and will soon be below the horizon.)