This image shows Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs. It is visible in the blue light of dusk before it sets behind the rugged mountains of a Norwegian fjord on a cold evening in March. Like the snowy mountains in the foreground, the nucleus of Comet Panstarrs is composed largely of ice and rock. The nucleus itself is just a few kilometres across, but as it neared the Sun in early 2013, ice evaporating from the surface formed a tail of gas and dust hundreds of thousands of kilometres long. Born digital photograph entitled 'Icy Visitor', by Fredrik Broms, taken on 20th March 2013. Depicting the Comet C/2011 l4 Panstarrs Taken with a Nikon D800 camera; Nikkor 300 mm f/2.8 lens at f/3.2; ISO 640; 1.6 - second exposure Highly Commended in the Earth and Space in Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013.
Object number: ZBA8633
- Image reference: FBR0002
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Courtesy of the artist
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