Astronomy Picture of the Day

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December 25, 1997
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A Hale-Bopp Holiday
Credit and Copyright: T. Credner

Explanation: Seen from the Pik Terskol Observatory in the northern Caucasus mountains, comet Hale-Bopp and the bright stars of the constellation Perseus hang above the snowy, moon-lit landscape. Although it reminds Northern Hemisphere dwellers of an idyllic Winter scene, this picture was actually recorded in the spring - on April 13th of this year. Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes from APOD!

Tomorrow's picture: West Of The Great Red Spot

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