Photographer captures comet in night sky – or was it a Christmas Star?

Reader PhotoChristmas Eve 2021

It was a clear moonless night.

I was looking for Comet Leonard and went to Auckland Domain.

It was last there 45,000 years ago.

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It has traveled 600 billion kilometres to reach us from the edge our solar system.

It is now, thanks to a kick from Venus, in the process of leaving the solar system permanently, finally breaking the gravity hold of the Sun.

Some believe that “The Star of Bethlehem” was a comet.

Well, the Three Kings would have needed a telescope like mine to have spotted it from the centre of a light-polluted central Auckland, something I was lucky enough to do on Christmas Eve!

Gareth Davies IDA 2021 Dark Sky Defender

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