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The Eye of God and a Comet

Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day features Comet 2013-x1 (PanSTARRS) passing “close” to the Helix Nebula (New General Catalog 7293) in the constellation Aquarius. Actually, the comet is a foreground object composed of left over material from the solar system’s formation and the Helix nebula is 695 light years distant, not so close after all. 255 more words