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NEOWISE Spies Comet Pan-STARRS Against Galaxy Backdrop

3 Jul 2014, 07:00 UTC
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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.

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