February 21, 2014

Comet Lovejoy over The Great Wall


APOD: 2014 February 20 - Comet Lovejoy over The Great Wall
Image Credit & Copyright: Jiajie Zhang


Fading now as it returns to the outer solar system Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) still graces planet Earth's sky, a delicate apparition in binoculars or small telescopes. The comet, a relic of the solar system's formative years, is seen here rising in the morning twilight on January 12 among the stars of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. Posing near the comet is bright star Alpha Ophiuchi, also known as Rasalhague, from Arabic "the head of the serpent collector". Of course, the serpentine shape below is the ancient Great Wall of China, along the Panlongshan section northeast of Beijing. Panlongshan is translated as "a coiled dragon". A moving and fortuitous scene, it was captured with a digital camera and telephoto lens in two consecutive exposures. The exposures were merged to show a natural looking foreground and twilight sky.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 21, 2014 9:51 PM
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Beautiful. Thanks for posting, Mr. Vanderleun. It is as if Maxfield Parrish had painted it -- the colors, particularly the blue, and the sense of "enhanced reality," achieved in this case by the blending of digital (dare I say photographic?) images. I wonder what old Max,who frequently worked with photos, would think about Photoshopping your way to enhanced reality. I believe he would like it, all in all.

Posted by: Ralph Kinney Bennett at February 22, 2014 7:38 AM

We were supposed to have a couple of spectacular comets this past year. It was kind of a bust.

Posted by: Fat Man at February 22, 2014 5:11 PM

Always intrigued bu the infinite. Thanks

Posted by: grace at February 23, 2014 7:53 PM