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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Tails of Comet Lemmon
NASA ^ | May 06, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 05/06/2013 4:04:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: What caused the interestingly intricate tails that Comet Lemmon displayed earlier this year? First of all, just about every comet that nears the Sun displays two tails: a dust tail and an ion tail. Comet Lemmon's dust tail, visible above and around the comet nucleus in off-white, is produced by sun-light reflecting dust shed by the comet's heated nucleus. Flowing and more sculptured, however, is C/2012 F6 (Lemmon)'s blue ion tail, created by the solar wind pushing ions expelled by the nucleus away from the Sun. Also of note is the coma seen surrounding Comet Lemmon's nucleus, tinted green by atomic carbon gas fluorescing in sunlight. The above image was taken from the dark skies of Namibia in mid-April. Comet Lemmon is fading as it now heads back to the outer Solar System.

May 06, 2013

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; c2012f6; cometc2012f6; cometlemmon; greencomet; science
[Credit & Copyright: Gerald Rhemann]

1 posted on 05/06/2013 4:04:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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More like Comet Lemmon-Lime.
Cosmonova: APOD editor to speak in Sweden on May 28

2 posted on 05/06/2013 4:04:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Where is Comet Obama? (Lemon)

3 posted on 05/06/2013 4:08:21 AM PDT by Hardraade ( (Vendetta))
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To: Hardraade
Comet Lemon-Wookie: Failed on self-test and exploded.
4 posted on 05/06/2013 4:18:50 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. liberals and logic: Never confuse the two! Hi MI# !)
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