Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Comet C/2012 K1 meets galaxy

Of course just apparently. Over the night of May 20th comet C/2012K1 PANSTARRS has been moving on the sky nearby NGC3726 galaxy. The galaxy is medium size barred spiral galaxy placed about 40 million light years away. On the other hand comet was this day about 230 milion km from Earth - for comparison if you would the galaxy in the actual distance of the Sun, the distance to comet would be about 10cm only.
And the comet is currently really big, as you can see in the image scale. The Earth placed in the comet distance would be only 4px large in the picture.
There is also a movie - 2 hours from life of a comet, but blogspot degrades movie quality much, so you can download copy from dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jzqfx6fpz3o6qwn/panstarrs.mp4


Clear skies!

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