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May Saturday 27, 2017 at 14:35
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Today's National Headlines

Cricket chiefs OK first-class concussion substitutes trial...

Giro d'Italia 2017: Rory Sutherland ready to 'empty the tank' for Movistar...

Casey Dellacqua responds on Twitter to Margaret Court's anti-gay marriage stance...

End of era at Manchester United as Wayne Rooney eyes Old Trafford exit...

Honest Ernie Els overrules his own eagle at the 2017 BMW PGA Championship...


Today's Picture

Sweeping through this stunning field of view, Comet 71P/Clark really is in the foreground of these cosmic clouds.The 2 panel telescopic mosaic is color enhanced and is about 5 degrees(10 full moons) across.It captures the faintcomet's position on thenight of May 23/24 over 5 light-minutes from Earth,very near the line-of-sight to bright star Antares and theRho Ophiuchi cloud complex.In the frame Antares , also known as Alpha Scorpii, is at bottom center surroundedby a dusty cosmic cloud reflecting the cool giant star's yellowish light.Globular star cluster M4 shines just right of Antares,but M4 lies some 7,000 light-years away compared to Antares'500 light-year distance.Slightly closer than Antares, Rho Ophiuchi's bluish starlight isreflected by the dust in molecular clouds toward the top.You can spot the small coma and short tail of the cometas a faint smudge near the center of the left edge of the frame.Just look for the comet's striking greenish color, produced as diatomiccarbon molecules fluoresce in sunlight .


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