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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet McNaught Over Chile
NASA ^ | January 27, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 01/26/2013 9:52:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Comet McNaught of 2007 has been, so far, the most photogenic comet of our time. After making quite a show in the northern hemisphere in early 2007 January, the comet moved south and developed a long and unusual dust tail that dazzled southern hemisphere observers. In this image, Comet McNaught was captured above Santiago, Chile. The bright comet dominates on the left while part of its magnificent tail spreads across the entire frame. From this vantage point in the Andes Mountains, one looks up toward Comet McNaught and a magnificent sky, across at a crescent moon, and down on clouds, atmospheric haze, and the city lights. The current year -- 2013 -- holds promise to be even better for comets than 2007. In early March, Comet PANSTARRS is on track to become visible to the unaided eye, while at the end of the year Comet ISON shows possibilities that include casting a tail that spreads across the sky, breaking up, and even becoming one of the brightest comets in recorded history.

January 27, 2013

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; chile; cometmcnaught; science
[Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Guisard]

1 posted on 01/26/2013 9:52:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

I like it!
Thanks very much, SunkenCiv!


2 posted on 01/26/2013 9:53:59 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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3 posted on 01/26/2013 9:54:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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4 posted on 01/26/2013 9:54:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: onyx

Comets are both heads and tails (SuperBowl tie-in for APoD).


5 posted on 01/26/2013 9:57:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Hope ISON is as good as it's expected to be, should be quite a show.
6 posted on 01/26/2013 10:03:17 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nice especially when you look closely at those illuminated bands arcing across the frame.

When ISON arrives later this year, assuming it lives up to its billing, it is going to be very difficult for many of us to view without ascribing some kind of predictive meaning to it, considering circumstances in the world these days. Guess it’s just human nature to react like that even in scientifically literate times.


7 posted on 01/26/2013 10:07:32 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very cool. Thanks, Sunky!


8 posted on 01/27/2013 6:13:23 AM PST by momtothree
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To: SunkenCiv

Trying to figure out where the photo was taken. The city lights must be Santiago?


9 posted on 01/27/2013 7:33:48 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: X-spurt

Note to self, read the article first.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 7:38:03 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow! That gorgeous tail is monster huge!

This is a great APOD, and only partially earthbound, Mr. Civilizations. Thank you, Sir!


11 posted on 01/27/2013 11:36:07 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 11:53:02 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv

That is just beautiful!


13 posted on 01/27/2013 8:49:13 PM PST by SuziQ
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