sunrise sky is an elegant deep blue on high, with faint white stars peeking through, while near the horizon is a pleasing tan. By itself, the foreground hills of eastern Slovakia are appealingly green, with the Zadåa hura and Veäkö hora hills in the distance, and with the lights of small towns along the way. Venus, by itself on the right, appears unusually exquisite, surrounded by a colorful atmospheric corona. But what attracts the eye most is the comet. On the left, in this composite image taken just before dawn yesterday morning, is Comet Nishimura. On recent mornings around the globe, its bright coma and long ion tail make many a morning panoramic photo unusually beautiful. Tomorrow, C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) will pass its nearest to the Earth for about the next 434 years.
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Based on Astronomy Picture Of the Day
Publications with keywords: comet
Publications with words: comet
- Vega and Comet 12P Pons-Brooks
- APOD: 2023 November 26 Á A Dust Jet from the Surface of Comet 67P
- Galaxies and a Comet
- APOD: 2023 September 9 Á Comet Nishimura Grows
- APOD: 2023 September 3 Á Comet Schwassmann Wachmann 3 Fragments
- APOD: 2023 August 21 Á Introducing Comet Nishimura
- Comet C 2023 E1 ATLAS near Perihelion