July 4, 2014

NEOWISE Spies Comet Pan-STARRS Against Galaxy Backdrop

[ Read the Article: Comet Pan-STARRS Sweeping Across The Sky ]

NASA’s NEOWISE mission captured a series of infrared images of comet C/2012 K1 — also referred to as comet Pan-STARRS — as it swept across our skies in May 2014. This animation shows the progression of the comet across a field of stars — and a more distant spiral galaxy, called NGC 3726, which appears as a blue oval.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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