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Comet PanStarrs

This photo was taken as part of the HooHaa52 Challenge. This week's topic is "In Flight".

 

Last week, the topic for the challenge was Decay. And on the final day that I could take a photo, Comet PanStarrs was supposed to become visible in the Northern Hemisphere (prior days would be harder due to the glow from sunset making it hard to find). I thought that this would make a unique shot for decay, justified due to the decay of dust and ice from the comet itself, forming the tail of the comet. It was unfortunately cloudy.

 

I still planned on getting photos, but when I saw the topic was Flight for the next week, I couldn't help but believe luck was being a tad bit nice to me. Of course, the first clear night I get and I was so busy that I forgot to go out during the rather limited amount of time I had to see it. Weather predictions were iffy for the remainder of the week.

 

But weather was nice to me and I got another opportunity Wednesday. I got out my equipment and headed out to a location I felt was both close and able to give me a clear view of the horizon. After standing around for at least 20 minutes trying to spot it, it finally came into the view of my binoculars. Making sure I could find it with my naked eyes, I trained my camera and started taking a series of photos.

 

This photo felt the sharpest of the bunch, which was sad because I had another one where the lights on the top of a passing van created a nice red streak at the bottom of the shot. The comet was fuzzier in that one.

 

It wasn't until I got on the computer that I realized I also captured the flight of a plane in the shot. So, visualizing the concept of "flight", the comet, the plane, the moon, and the stars are all in flight in this image. :-)

 

The comet will be highlighted with a note on the shot.

 

Check out the original size to see it a bit closer: ORIGINAL

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Taken on March 13, 2013