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Emu's Egg and Planets

In Australia, the Emu is stretched across one of the most familiar objects in the night sky, the Milky Way. Look closely at the the Southern Cross and you'll see its head as a dark smudge (the Coal Sack) tucked near the bottom left hand corner of the constellation. Its neck passes between the two pointer stars, and its dark body stretches the length of our luminous galaxy. The Emu in the Sky has featured in Aboriginal storytelling for thousands of years (source: ABC - Australia's first astronomers, http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/07/27/2632463.htm ).

The early morning alignment of the Moon and planets on February 2nd, 2019 was too beautiful to miss and the Moon in this image looks like an egg, just laid by the Emu in the Sky. Underneath the Moon and to the right is Saturn, above - Venus, Jupiter and bright yellow star Antares. The labelled version of the image showing the Emu is available here: https://www.astrobin.com/389367/D/

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The image of ASKAP that I took, won the Nature Astronomy cover of the year poll! Thanks everyone! 😉

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The time-lapse animation covers 3.1 hours of the comet's path along its orbit (Dec 10 2018 UTC).

Hope you enjoy the view 🙂

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Comet 46P/Wirtanen in motion

The time-lapse animation covers 3.1 hours of the comet's path along its orbit (Dec 10 2018 UTC).Hope you enjoy the view :)The World at Night - TWAN

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