Comet Ikeya-Zhang with Andromeda Galaxy Close-up


April 4, 2002, 8:05pm MST

The Great Galaxy in Andromeda (M31), seen here as an oval glow directly below the comet's head, is similar to our own Milky Way, but is more than 2 million light-years away!

Date: April 4, 2002
Time: 8:05pm MST
Location: West of Lake Pleasant, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 on homemade tracking mount
Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 400 slide (pushed one stop)
Focal length: 200 mm (cropped slightly)
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 3 minutes
Scanned with Nikon Coolscan LS-10E

Revised: July 12, 2007
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