Heavy Skies

skies full of comet, fireworks, lightning

Newley Purnell pointed me at this astronomy picture of the day by Antti Kemppainen:

Sometimes the sky itself is the best show in town. On January 26, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. Nearby, fireworks exploded as part of Australia Day celebrations. On the far right, lightning from a thunderstorm flashed in the distance. Near the image center, though, seen through clouds, was the most unusual sight of all: Comet McNaught. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes. Comet McNaught continues to move out from the Sun and dim, but should remain visible in southern skies with binoculars through the end of this month. The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.

Indeed, the skies haven’t seemed this heavy since I saw Aaron Koblin’s Flightplan.

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One thought on “Heavy Skies

  1. I was there, but in another part of town.

    It was amazing to hear the fireworks from one part of the city and then hear and see the lightening overhead. Like God was having an argument with the City of Perth who ran the event.

    Of course, I couldn’t hear the comet, and the night we tried to see it was overcast. Two out of three.

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