No it's Comet McNaught which was discovered by Australian astronomer Robert McNaught on August 7 last year. He discovered the then faint comet on a photograph taken at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales. On January 13, its orbit takes the comet within a distance of 25.4 million km or one sixth the distance of the Earth from the Sun.
The comet is going to be visible in the Southern Hemisphere for a few more days yet. I'd love to see it with my own eyes but I live inland and have issues with buildings impairing my view not to mention very crappy weather of late so I will have to content myself do with these terrific photos my brother took in Wellington a night or so ago.
This is the first picture "autocorrected" with my pathetic computer photo editing program. Isn't it pretty?