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- Otto Posterman
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Launch to Lovejoy
Explanation: Blasting skyward
an Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Navy satellite pierces a cloud bank in this starry night scene captured
on January 20. On its way to orbit from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, planet Earth, the rocket streaks past brightest star Sirius
, as seen from a dark beach at Canaveral National Seashore. Above the alpha star of Canis Major, Orion the Hunter strikes a pose
familiar to northern winter skygazers. Above Orion is the V-shaped Hyades star cluster, head of Taurus the Bull, and farther still above Taurus it's easy to spot the compact Pleiades star cluster. Of course near the top of the frame you'll find the greenish coma and long tail of Comet Lovejoy, astronomical darling of these January nights
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Awesome Pic....I would go out, but too cold, and too wet, and overcast, or cloudy...
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What a pretty picture of Orion, the Hyades, the Plleiades, and a comet and a rocket thrown in! And Sirius! My cup runneth over!
- Resistored Fizzacist
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- AKA: Fred
- Location: Idaho USA
The first time I think I've ever seen "Sky-roglyphics"!
If I read the heavens correctly it says, "At last a serious hunter bull pleads love joy". That's but pretty cool. Of course, now that I look again it might say, "Streaking dog or I am high - these sisters cometh". Wonder what that means?
Probably that I'd better stick to my day job. Awesome shot Lynn – love the "night scene captured"!!
Make Mars not Wars
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It's an excellent picture.
I did learn that you should never assume anything for certain, as in an image brought up through the "night scene captured" link I found that Lynn Hilborn is a man. I had thought that Lynn was only used as a female first name!
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Why is there no planetary nebula around the Sirius star system, if Sirius B was not long ago as massive as possibly 7 solar masses?