APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

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APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:12 am

Image The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy

Explanation: Comet C/2014 S2 (PanSTARRS) poses for a Messier moment in this telescopic snapshot from April 18. In fact it shares the 1.5 degree wide field-of-view with two well-known entries in the 18th century comet-hunting astronomer's famous catalog. Outward bound and sweeping through northern skies just below the Big Dipper, the fading visitor to the inner Solar System was about 18 light-minutes from our fair planet. Dusty, edge-on spiral galaxy Messier 108 (upper right) is more like 45 million light-years away. A planetary nebula with an aging but intensely hot central star, the owlish Messier 97 is only about 12 thousand light-years distant though, still well within our own Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers expect the orbit of this comet PanSTARRS to return it to the inner Solar System around the year 4226.

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by Boomer12k » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:04 am

Outstanding...

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by starsurfer » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:25 am

It sounds like the title of this APOD could be a poem? There is no greater poetry than the heavens and all its wonders! :D

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by heehaw » Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:04 pm

Really nice composition!

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by rstevenson » Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:28 pm

starsurfer wrote:It sounds like the title of this APOD could be a poem?
The Comet, The Owl, and the Galaxy

The comet, the owl, and the galaxy
tried sailing the Milky Way.

The first two went winging away,
The last is just waiting to play.

They're still gliding away,
He's still waiting today,
'Cause he's 45 big ones away.

Rob

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by Fred the Cat » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:11 pm

Nice Rob but I immediately thought it was the opening line of a joke.

The Comet, The Owl, and the Galaxy were sitting at the bar. The Comet said, "I sure like it when I get close to a sun. It's so warming." The Owl said, "I remember those days when comets came around. I sure miss them." The Galaxy looked at both of them and said, "Well Comet I heard that sun you go around has a planet with a man that was worried his people couldn't tell us apart so he tried to make a list. The Owl laughed and said, "Stop Messin' with us! Why didn't they just look up?"
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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by hamilton1 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:26 pm

Boy, they're really coming out of the woodwork today...

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by rstevenson » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:37 pm

Nice one Fred. Now I suppose someone will have to come in and put a stop to this by saying something scientific. Oh well.

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by starsurfer » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:25 pm

rstevenson wrote:Nice one Fred. Now I suppose someone will have to come in and put a stop to this by saying something scientific. Oh well.

Rob
I wonder if comets contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons? :owl:

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Re: APOD: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy (2016 Apr 21)

Post by BMAONE23 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:00 pm

I don't know but they sure are cute little fellers