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Comet, Meteor, Nebula, Star

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Comet, Meteor, Nebula, Star


Explanation:
Several wonders of the late-year northern sky
appeared together for a few fleeting moments on December 13.

On the bottom left, just above the hill, is blue
Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.

Above Sirius and slightly to the right of the
belt of Orion is the red
Orion Nebula,
one of the most famous nebulas on the sky.

Below and to the right of the
Orion Nebula streaks a yellow meteor,
although moving in the wrong direction to be from the
Geminids meteor shower
that peaked the night.

Finally, above and to the right of the meteor is
Comet Machholz, whose
coma appears here relatively green.

Since the time since this image was taken over a Californian hill, the
Geminid meteor has long since evaporated.

Comet Machholz has brightened and moved to the north.

Sirius, however, will remain in the constellation of Canis Major indefinitely.


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