Put Yourself in the Way of Beauty

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy photographed overnight December 28-29, 2014 remotely from Siding Spring, Australia as passed within 1/6° of the globular cluster M79. The coma glows green from fluorescing carbon molecules while the narrow ion tail is carbon monoxide gas fluorescing in UV sunlight. Credit: Rolando Ligustri

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy photographed overnight December 28-29, 2014 remotely from Siding Spring, Australia as it swooped within 1/6 degree of the globular cluster M79. The coma glows green from fluorescing carbon molecules while the narrow ion tail, composed of carbon monoxide gas, glows blue in UV sunlight. Credit: Rolando Ligustri

Oh my, oh my. Rolando Ligustri captured this scene last night as Comet Q2 Lovejoy swished past the globular cluster M79 in Lepus. If you’ve seen the movie Wild or read the book, you’ll be familiar with the phrase “put yourself in the way of beauty”, a maxim for living life adopted by one of its characters. When I opened up my e-mail today and saw Rolando’s photo, I felt like I’d been put!(…)
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