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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet Lovejoy over the Great Wall
NASA ^ | February 20, 2014 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 02/20/2014 3:29:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Fading now as it returns to the outer solar system Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) still graces planet Earth's sky, a delicate apparition in binoculars or small telescopes. The comet, a relic of the solar system's formative years, is seen here rising in the morning twilight on January 12 among the stars of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. Posing near the comet is bright star Alpha Ophiuchi, also known as Rasalhague, from Arabic "the head of the serpent collector". Of course, the serpentine shape below is the ancient Great Wall of China, along the Panlongshan section northeast of Beijing. Panlongshan is translated as "a coiled dragon". A moving and fortuitous scene, it was captured with a digital camera and telephoto lens in two consecutive exposures. The exposures were merged to show a natural looking foreground and twilight sky.

February 20, 2014

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; australia; c2014q2; china; comet; comet2014q2; cometlovejoy; greatwall; greatwallofchina; greencomet; lovejoy; orion; science
[Credit & Copyright: Jiajie Zhang]

1 posted on 02/20/2014 3:29:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
I backed up my car too far when I was in my teens, and smashed a great wall of china, but those neighbors shouldn't have stored their dishes outside.
The Big One

2 posted on 02/20/2014 3:31:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (
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To: SunkenCiv
Looks like it's headed right for Beijing !

QUICK ... someone see if they can roust up Rodan !

3 posted on 02/20/2014 3:37:44 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: SunkenCiv


4 posted on 02/20/2014 8:22:58 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Very, and the big version moreso. :’)

5 posted on 02/20/2014 10:27:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (
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