Friday, April 9, 2010

Astrophoto Friday: Comet Arend Roland

Comet Arend-Roland photographed April 26, 1957 with the 48-inch Palomar Schmidt telescope (now called the Samuel Oschin Telescope).

For part of its passage around the Sun this comet offered up a spectacular anti-tail - a spike of dust sometimes seen as a comet passes through the orbital plain of the Earth.


Chris said...

That was my very first comet!

Ringo said...

My favorite comet. The unicorn like horn as seen from our Earth-bound perspective is actually a broad fan seen on edge. Too bad Comet Arend-Roland will probably never return.