Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sweeping Through Southern Skies
Posted on 02/16/2013 8:08:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: For now, Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6a), and Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) are sweeping through southern skies. Lemmon's lime green coma and thin tail are near the left edge of this telephoto scene, a single frame from a timelapse video (vimeo here) recorded on February 12, tracking its motion against the background stars. Comet Lemmon's path brought it close to the line-of-sight to prominent southern sky treasures the Small Magellanic Cloud and globular cluster 47 Tucanae (right). Sporting a broader, whitish tail, Comet PanSTARRS appears in later video frames moving through the faint constellation Microscopium. Visible in binoculars and small telescopes, both comets are getting brighter and headed toward northern skies in coming months.
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I’m really hoping the comet expected around Thanksgiving puts on a good show.
You and I both.
Kudos to the small guys.
Ison you mean? I’m not going to get my hopes up because it might just burn up while rounding the sun, before it can be seen in the northern hemisphere. It’s supposed to get as close as 1.5 million miles of it. If it survives, however, it should in fact be a good show. Brighter than the full moon they say.
lemon lime? the un-comet?
(sorry, couldn't resist.)
Nice Vimeo. Several meteorites make an appearance, and the movement of both comets against the stars is really cool. Just like you, Mr. Civilizations.
[singing] Green, green, the greenest tail on the comet on the left...
Thank you, Civ! I do love a serenade... [smiles]
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.