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Venus Corona and M22

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Africa

Site: Amboseli National Park - Kenya

Date: 2013 November 13

Planet Venus, the second brightest object in the Earth sky, appears minutes before it sets behind acacia trees in Amboseli National Park of Kenya. High clouds in the sky refracted the light of Venus to form a colorful atmospheric corona around it. The timely image shows Venus next to globular cluster M22 in Sagittarius. This tiny round cloud on the upper right is a cluster of several hundred thousand stars located some 10,000 light years away, almost a billion times further away than Venus in our planetary neighborhood.

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