It is the object to the left of the big tree that’s generating much recent excitement. If you look closely, there you can see Comet PanSTARRS, complete with two tails. During July, this comet increased markedly in brightness and had just passed its closest approach to Earth. The statuesque tree in the center is a Norfolk Island Pine, and to either side of this tree are New Zealand Pohutukaw trees. Over the trees, far in the distance, are bright Venus and an even brighter crescent Moon. If you look even more closely, you can find Jupiter hidden in the branches of the pine. The featured image was taken in Fergusson Park, New Zealand, looking over Tauranga Harbour Inlet.

Image Credit & Copyright: Amit Kamble (Auckland Astronomical Society); Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

Alone in the Universe by Albert Dros
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‘Alone in the Universe’ This was taken at the Dutch Veluwe. Perseiden storms were predicted that night and the skies were very clear. It was a perfect night to do some Milky Way shooting. When I was taking some photos of my friend standing in front of the Milky Way, I noticed something in the sky. It looked like a star moving, but it was much slower. It turned out to be the white stripe you see in the image here. After research, it turns out that this is the ISS (International Space Station). I was extremely excited: a selfie with the Milky Way AND the ISS! How awesome is that? EXIF: Sony A7II, Samyang 14mm f2.8 @ 2.8, ISO 3200, 20 seconds. Single exposure If you like my work, please check out my website and Facebook: www.albertdros.com facebook: Albert Dros Photography

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