Putting Popes in Perspective

From Astronomy Pic of the Day comes this fascinating shot of a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection), a comet, and your planet.

The Comet PanSTARRS, which brightened and was visible for the papal election process (along with another comet, by the way…. two comets as Benedict stepped down and Francis was elected…. portentous?).  On March 13 finds , finds comet PanSTARRS in a view with Earth seen from the STEREO Behind spacecraft. On the left you see an enormous coronal mass ejection (CME) is erupting from a solar active region. The CME, comet, and Earth are at different distances from the spacecraft. (The comet is closest.) This is a flattened stereo image.


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  1. wiFoodie says:

    It was almost the 13:00 hour, too.
    Also my birthday. A nice gift from God.
    God is immense, and the firmament is here to prove it to us.
    Thanks for the all of these fascinating space posts.

  2. VLL says:

    Fr. Ben, who was confirmed into the Priesthood this past July– received a “Habeas Papam” for his birthday. He is the newest priest in our Parish. His homily was epic, the best he’s ever done. He also does an admirable job of “saying the red and doing the black” every time. I want to ask folks to pray for him.

    On a completely different note, I have to wonder what the Jesuits at the Vatican Observatory make of all this… ;)

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