It looks like a double comet, but Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) is
just offering skygazers a Messier moment.
Outward bound and fading in
starry scene, the
is remarkably similar in
brightness to M31, the Andromeda Galaxy.
northern skies just below the galaxy,
the comet was captured as local midnight approached on April 3.
Both comet and galaxy
were visible to the eye and are
immersed in the faint glow of northern lights as
our own Milky Way galaxy arcs over a snowy field
near Tänndalen, Sweden.
Double star cluster
h and chi Persei can be spotted along
the Milky Way's arc high above the
Follow the arc to bright
alpha star of the
constellation Cygnus, at the right edge of the frame.
P-M Hedén (Clear Skies,