Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lovejoy in the Attic

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) under spectacular winter skies (much better than any of us have seen with the naked eye!). A long-exposure teases out the details of the Milky Way's "attic" (looking out towards the edge, rather than in towards the center, which we would see if we were looking at Sagittarius): Barnard's Loop, Messier 42, the Rosette Nebula and more. "Mouseover" the picture to get a guide to the stars, clusters and nebula in the area.

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