APOD: Comet, Planet, Moon (2024 Apr 29)

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APOD: Comet, Planet, Moon (2024 Apr 29)

Post by APOD Robot » Mon Apr 29, 2024 4:05 am

Image Comet, Planet, Moon

Explanation: Three bright objects satisfied seasoned stargazers of the western sky just after sunset earlier this month. The most familiar was the Moon, seen on the upper left in a crescent phase. The rest of the Moon was faintly visible by sunlight first reflected by the Earth. The bright planet Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, is seen to the upper left. Most unusual was Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, below the Moon and showing a stubby dust tail on the right but an impressive ion tail extending upwards. The featured image, a composite of several images taken consecutively at the same location and with the same camera, was taken near the village of Llers, in Spain's Girona province. Comet Pons-Brooks passed its closest to the Sun last week and is now dimming as it moves into southern skies and returns to the outer Solar System.

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Re: APOD: Comet, Planet, Moon (2024 Apr 29)

Post by Bartolo » Mon Apr 29, 2024 4:29 am

Lovely!

But Uranus is missing in the description. How come it is visible?

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Re: APOD: Comet, Planet, Moon (2024 Apr 29)

Post by Bird_Man » Mon Apr 29, 2024 1:46 pm

Bartolo wrote: Mon Apr 29, 2024 4:29 am Lovely!

But Uranus is missing in the description. How come it is visible?
Probably because it isn't a "bright object". I would guess that the photographer identified it since it was in the neighborhood.

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Re: APOD: Comet, Planet, Moon (2024 Apr 29)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Mon Apr 29, 2024 1:47 pm

At some point stellarium was applied and then it was written

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Re: APOD: Comet, Planet, Moon (2024 Apr 29)

Post by johnnydeep » Mon Apr 29, 2024 5:05 pm

Ok, where is this "stubby" dust tail on the right? If it really is visible here, I find it difficult to distinguish it from the impressive vertical ion tail!
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