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Colors of Comet Pojmanski

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#85157 by @ 12.03.2006 00:00 - nach oben -
Colors of Comet Pojmanski


Explanation:

Comet Pojmanski flew by planet Earth
last weekend on a surprise trip through
the inner solar system.

Then an easy binocular target for morning
skygazers,
Pojmanski ultimately showed off a
long tail,
but it also presented some lovely green-blue hues
as gas molecules in its tenuous coma and tail
fluoresced
in the sunlight.

Astronomers Adam Block and Jay GaBany recorded
this
colorful high-resolution view
on March 3rd in the
darkness just before twilight.

The picture spans about one full moon on the sky.

Comet
Pojmanski (C/2006 A1) is outward bound and fading now,
still visible in binoculars for northern hemisphere observers.




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