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Comet over Monument Rocks

By: Doug Zubenel

 

Region: Americas

Site: Monument Rocks - Kansas - USA

Date: 2010 October 9

Out in western Kansas you will find rising from the high prairie plain the Monument Rocks. Laid down at the bottom of the ancient sea that once covered this region ~ 80,000,000 years ago, they were thrust up along with the Rocky Mountains, and erosion washed away the looser sedimentary layers, leaving these stunning outcroppings of chalk. From the photographer, "I went out to the Monument Rocks to image Comet 103P/Hartley 2 above them on October 8th, as the comet was passing the famed Double Cluster in Perseus. Poor weather prevented making the image until the next night, yet created a different and pleasing composition with the clusters, and Eta Persei. Very thin high clouds created small aureoles around the brighter stars." Doug Zubenel

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