Photographic Print

Earth in a comets tail artwork The comets tail is a cloud of ions and dust being swept backwards from the icy core centre by the solar wind from the Sun upper centre A comet is a lump of ice and rock whose orbit brings it close enough to the Sun for its icy core to melt and boil into space Both the Earth lower centre and the Moon upper right are passing through the tail This could be a past or future encounter between the Earth and a comet On May the Earth passed through the tail of Halleys Comet Despite panic over reports that the tail contained poisonous cyanogen gas the tail was too diffuse to have any effect The bright band of stars at left is the Milky Way

Work by Detlev Van Ravenswaay

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