What an exquisitely beautiful image!!!
As the caption said, the colors are gorgeous. The sky, the landscape, and then Venus and the comet - absolutely glorious!!!
Obviously I love the halo around Venus. When I first saw the picture, I thought that Venus was the Moon, because the softly colorful light surrounding our sister planet sure looks like a lunar halo.
And I love the elongated cloud to the left of Venus that makes Venus look as if Venus had a cometary tail, too!
I find the comet stunning. Its somewhat bluish-cyan coma is a bit bluer than I would have expected, but hey - I'm not complaining!!!
The comet's blue tail is beautiful, of course, and it sure stands out against the sky. Looks like the comet only has an ion tail and not a dust tail, then? I suppose that with such a makeup the comet can't be a too frequent flyer to the vicinity of the Sun - although it is apparently expected to return in "only" 434 years?
But as for the background stars, can anyone help me? What is the bright star seen immediately to the upper left of the comet's coma? I'm thinking that it might just be Regulus, because obviously Venus is seen in the east in the morning, and Regulus should be somewhere in the east in the morning at this time of year, too.
But if the star next to the comet is Regulus, then what is the intensely reddish object to the lower right of the comet? Could it by any chance be Mars? I doubt it, because if the star next to the comet is Regulus, then Mars is too far away from it to make an appearance here. Okay, so could it be Mercury? Maybe possibly maybe?
And what stars are near Venus? Isn't Venus in Cancer now? But there are no bright stars in Cancer. Is it even possible that Venus was in Hydra when the background sky for the APOD was photographed, and that the stars near Venus in the APOD belong to constellation Hydra?