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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- CME, Comet and Planet Earth
NASA ^ | March 15, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 03/15/2013 6:26:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: After appearing in a popular photo opportunity with a young crescent Moon near sunset, naked-eye Comet PanSTARRS continues to rise in northern hemisphere skies. But this remarkable interplanetary perspective from March 13, finds the comet posing with our fair planet itself -- as seen from the STEREO Behind spacecraft. Following in Earth's orbit, the spacecraft is nearly opposite the Sun and looks back toward the comet and Earth, with the Sun just off the left side of the frame. At the left an enormous coronal mass ejection (CME) is erupting from a solar active region. Of course, CME, comet, and planet Earth are all at different distances from the spacecraft. (The comet is closest.) The processed digital image is the difference between two consecutive frames from the spacecraft's SECCHI Heliospheric Imager, causing the strong shadowing effect for objects that move between frames. Objects that are too bright create the sharp vertical lines. The processing reveals complicated feather-like structures in Comet PanSTARRS's extensive dust tail.

March 15, 2013

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: antitail; apod; astronomy; comet2011l4; cometpanstarrs; coronalmassejection; science
[Credit: NRL / SECCHI / STEREO / NASA; Processing -- Karl Battams (NRL and @SungrazerComets)]

1 posted on 03/15/2013 6:26:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 03/15/2013 6:27:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

That's Coronal Mass Ejection, Comet PanSTARRS, and Planet Earth. :')
Growing Gallery: Comet PanSTARRS at Sunset

3 posted on 03/15/2013 6:27:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

That makes the CME look really close. How far off is it?


4 posted on 03/15/2013 6:28:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv

Getting busy up there.


5 posted on 03/15/2013 6:36:27 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: SunkenCiv

We live in Central Texas and still cant locate the comet. We look shortly after sundown and just above the western horizon. We got wide open skies and live in a rural area.

I guess we’re too late to the game.


6 posted on 03/15/2013 6:37:31 PM PDT by texanyankee
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To: texanyankee

Oklahoma weather guy said around 8:20pm a few days ago, but I couldn’t see it with binoculars. We have clouds so I won’t see it tonight either.


7 posted on 03/15/2013 6:55:11 PM PDT by beefree
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To: SunkenCiv

8 posted on 03/15/2013 7:02:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

My cuz posted a really cool pic on my wife’s FB. See if I can pull that up.


9 posted on 03/15/2013 7:10:46 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: BenLurkin

Over 90 million miles, I suppose. :’)


10 posted on 03/15/2013 8:16:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yeah, it was about that distance from earth on the 13th, so somewhat more than that, I guess. It looks close because it’s so big. The huge tail in the photo is due to special photographic techniques. It’s there, but we can’t see it.


11 posted on 03/15/2013 9:12:54 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: beefree
I caught this photo the evening of the 13th. It's actually a little blurry, but it'll do. The comet is near the horizon to the right of the moon. To the lower left much closer to the moon is a plane, I think. I didn't notice it when I took the photo, but it's a 4 second exposure. The comet looked somewhat better in my 9x63 binoculars, but was visible for just a few minutes ... with binoculars, that is ... nowhere near naked eye visibility. 43 miles due west of Midway Airport.


12 posted on 03/15/2013 9:51:06 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: texanyankee

I was able to see it the other night in Houston. I’m guessing it was about 30 min or so after sunset and just slightly north of due west.

Just barely visible with binoculars. It was only a feint smudge in the sky.


13 posted on 03/15/2013 10:07:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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Thanks Berlin_Freeper!
Comet PanSTARRS -- The Movie: On the evening of March 11, 2013, Comet PanSTARRS was captured in a time lapse sequence as it set over the Dos Cabezas Mountains.

Comet PanSTARRS -- The Movie: On the evening of March 11, 2013, Comet PanSTARRS was captured in a time lapse sequence as it set over the Dos Cabezas Mountains.

14 posted on 03/16/2013 7:20:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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