APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

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APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Dec 12, 2021 5:05 am

Image Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3

Explanation: Comet Leonard is now visible to the unaided eye -- but just barely. Passing nearest to the Earth today, the comet is best seen this week soon after sunset, toward the west, low on the horizon. Currently best visible in the north, by late December the comet will best be seen from south of Earth's equator. The featured image of Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) was taken a week ago from California, USA. The deep exposure shows in great detail the comet's green gas coma and developing dust tail. The comet -- across our inner Solar System and only light-minutes away -- was captured passing nearly in front of globular star cluster M3. In contrast, M3 is about 35,000 light-years away. In a week, Comet Leonard will pass unusually close to Venus, but will continue on and be at its closest to the Sun in early January.

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Re: APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

Post by Astronymus » Sun Dec 12, 2021 10:20 am

As usual clouds. Maybe I should find a new hobby. Astronomy gives me depressions these days.
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Re: APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

Post by orin stepanek » Sun Dec 12, 2021 1:22 pm

M3Leonard_Bartlett_3843.jpg
Beautiful 8-)
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Re: APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

Post by XgeoX » Sun Dec 12, 2021 6:27 pm

I’m afraid Comet Leonard must be destroyed as it is blocking my view of Venus…

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Re: APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

Post by XgeoX » Sun Dec 12, 2021 6:33 pm

orin stepanek wrote: Sun Dec 12, 2021 1:22 pm M3Leonard_Bartlett_3843.jpg
Beautiful 8-)
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You’ve done it again Orin, those two cuties have to be siblings!😺

Interesting that they gave us a fresh photo on Saturday and a great one at that! 😊
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Re: APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

Post by Elias Chasiotis » Sun Dec 12, 2021 10:34 pm

This is an astonishing image, and i wonder what was the equipment used and details of the capture.

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Re: APOD: Comet Leonard Before Star Cluster M3 (2021 Dec 12)

Post by orin stepanek » Mon Dec 13, 2021 2:48 am

XgeoX wrote: Sun Dec 12, 2021 6:33 pm
orin stepanek wrote: Sun Dec 12, 2021 1:22 pm M3Leonard_Bartlett_3843.jpg
Beautiful 8-)
two-cats-watching-intently-scared-59713174.jpg
Kitty version; Hide and Seek!
You’ve done it again Orin, those two cuties have to be siblings!😺

Interesting that they gave us a fresh photo on Saturday and a great one at that! 😊
Have a great Sunday!

Eric
Thanks for the kind words Eric!
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