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Comets in the Zodiacal Light

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Africa

Site: Amboseli National Park - Kenya

Date: 2013 November 15

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In a morning twilight of Kenya's Amboseli National Park at the foot of Kilimanjaro, the Zodiacal light (sunlight reflection of asteroid dust in the Solar System plane) shines over the east above the rising light of dawn. Zodiac constellations Virgo and Leo are framed along the elongated light. Look carefully to find two green-head comets, at the edge of naked-eye visibility in this image. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see the labels. Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 is on the upper left in Leo and Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) on its way to the Sun, appears in the lower right. See other images of comet ISON here and explore the TWAN unique collection of bright comets of our time above the world's landscapes). Tunc Tezel

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