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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland
NASA ^ | March 26, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 03/26/2013 2:31:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: If not distracted by the picturesque landscape, waterfalls, stars, and auroras, you might be able to find Comet PANSTARRS. The above image, capturing multiple terrestrial and celestial wonders in a single shot, was taken last week in southwest Iceland. The popular Gullfoss waterfalls are pictured under brilliant auroras that followed a M1-class solar flare and powerful Coronal Mass Ejection two days earlier. Give up on locating the comet? Comet PANSTARRS is faintly visible as a light blip just above the horizon toward the left of the above image. The comet remains more directly visible to northern observers with binoculars looking toward the western sky just after sunset.

March 26, 2013

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; cometpannstars; iceland; science
[Credit & Copyright: Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees)]

1 posted on 03/26/2013 2:31:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Gallery: Comet PANNSTARS

2 posted on 03/26/2013 2:32:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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the big one:

http://129.164.179.22/apod/image/1303/aurorafallscomet_vetter_1300.jpg


3 posted on 03/26/2013 2:33:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

So beautiful! I bet you just want to touch the sky. Thanks, Sunky!


4 posted on 03/26/2013 2:34:46 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful - makes me want to move back to Alaska.


5 posted on 03/26/2013 2:56:42 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: SunkenCiv

very Nice! ;-)


6 posted on 03/26/2013 3:17:13 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Green Northern Lights is appropriate for Ireland.


7 posted on 03/26/2013 4:29:23 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (And winter is coming.)
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To: SunkenCiv

8 posted on 03/26/2013 4:42:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
AAARGH!!!


9 posted on 03/26/2013 4:56:33 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Mike Darancette

WHY???


10 posted on 03/26/2013 4:58:00 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

11 posted on 03/26/2013 5:07:13 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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12 posted on 03/26/2013 5:17:47 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SunkenCiv
Great picture, one thing I would like to see in person.
Buddy who I worked with, worked in Alaska (North Slope), says no picture or video can do it justice when it's really active.
13 posted on 03/26/2013 5:28:53 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
Great picture, one thing I would like to see in person.

You are seeing the pic in person. Unless you aren't really you....or a person...

14 posted on 03/26/2013 5:31:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred
You are seeing the pic in person. Unless you aren't really you....or a person...

Ahem, I would like to visually witness the actual phenomena called the aurora borealis (Northern lights) occurring in person, rather than a photograph/video/painting or any other such facsimile image of the said phenomena.
There, feel better about things now?..........Just pleasantly asking.

15 posted on 03/26/2013 6:00:34 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Mike Darancette

;’)


16 posted on 03/26/2013 6:33:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: The Cajun

that is a teehee on a teehee

I did get to see the Northern when I was a kid. And I have never forgotten it.

Funny. But when I see pics of them now I see them through the eyes of that kid. It is (was) that unforgettable, for me.


17 posted on 03/26/2013 6:36:47 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred
My buddy on the North Slope said he would get vertigo sometimes if he looked straight up at it and felt like he was falling into the sky until he got used to it.
Said it would happen to lots of newbies up there.
18 posted on 03/26/2013 7:15:20 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

I have a friend now living (working) in Canada who sends me pics of what he sees all the time.

I saw them here in southern Idaho when I was a kid. Never really understood then how that was possible.


19 posted on 03/26/2013 7:23:24 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: The Cajun

I Now realize that it said Iceland not Ireland. Senior moment I guess.


20 posted on 03/26/2013 7:55:14 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (And winter is coming.)
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To: Mike Darancette
I Now realize that it said Iceland not Ireland. Senior moment I guess.

Iceland, Ireland, what the heck, they're both in the north Atlantic, close enough for our purposes here :)

21 posted on 03/26/2013 8:07:41 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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