Tag: Comet

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Comet PanSTARRS and the Helix Nebula

It’s rare that such different objects are imaged so close together. Such an occasion is occurring now, though, and was captured two days ago in combined parallel exposures from the Canary Islands of Spain. On the lower right, surrounded by a...

/ June 6, 2016

Close Comet and the Milky Way

Comet 252P/Linear’s lovely greenish coma is easy to spot in this expansive southern skyscape. Visible to the naked eye from the dark site near Flinders, Victoria, Australia, the comet appears tailless. Still, its surprisingly bright coma spans about 1 degree,...

/ March 28, 2016

Comets and Bright Star

This timely, telescopic, two panel mosaic spans about 10 full moons across planet Earth’s predawn skies. Recorded as the year began from Tenerife, Canary Islands, near the top of the frame are the faint coma and tail of Comet Borrelly...

/ January 7, 2016
Catalina Comet, the moon and the morning star (Venus)

Comet Meets Moon and Morning Star

  A crescent Moon and brilliant Venus met in predawn skies on December 7, a beautiful conjunction of planet Earth’s two brightest celestial beacons after the Sun. Harder to see but also on the scene was Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10). The...

/ December 13, 2015
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Comet Catalina Emerges

The Catalina comet is getting closer and closer to us right now and will reach it’s closest point in January. It’s so close at the moment that you can see it in the sky in the morning (from about 5am...

/ December 8, 2015
Park Meteors Leonids

Leonids and Friends

Leonid meteors rained down on planet Earth this week, the annual shower of dusty debris from the orbit of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. Leonids streak through this composite night skyview from a backyard observatory in southern Ontario. Recorded with camera fixed to...

/ November 21, 2015