APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

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APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby APOD Robot » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:06 am

Image Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland

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.

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby Boomer12k » Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:11 am

Cor....WICKED!!!!!

Nice looking aurora.
Someone has darn good eyesight to see the comet...I can't see it...

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby starsurfer » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:16 am

Ooh neither can I, is it the case of the incredible disappearing comet? (Of course it is!) :D

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby K1NS » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:07 pm

The comet is not a "light blip just above the horizon toward the left of the above image." It is a thoroughly faint blip right on the horizon, 25% from the left edge of the image. The only way I saw it was to click on the image, downloading the high res version, and then magnify that image.

But all this grousing does not take away from this image, which is extraordinary and beautiful. ¡Bravo!

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby LocalColor » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:19 pm

We think we saw it, the comet's tail is a slightly different angle than the streaks of aurora.
Thank you Stephane Vetter - wonderful photo.

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby StarCuriousAero » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:43 pm

I found it! It's playing hide and seek. Could barely make it out in the high resolution image, didn't need to zoom though.

Beautiful APOD! Can't wait to go to Iceland some day... thank you for this!

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby Anthony Barreiro » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:30 pm

Lovely image! I'm going to Iceland next month in hopes of seeing the northern lights. Hoping for plenty of space weather!
May all beings be happy, peaceful, and free.

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby Boomer12k » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:29 pm

OH!!!! I SEE IT!!!!! Wow....just barely!!!

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Re: APOD: Waterfalls, Auroras, Comet: Iceland (2013 Mar 26)

Postby DavidLeodis » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:03 pm

I wonder if the person in the image is Stephane using a remote control to get into the scene? In the caption to the image in Stephane's website it does however state "notre séjour de mars" which translates to "our stay in March", so there was at least someone else there. Taking an image of that superb view and getting yourself in as well would be fascinating. 8-)


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