Earth in the frame

Sky at Night Magazine - - LETTERS -

When look­ing at the ex­cel­lent deep-sky images of­ten fea­tured in Hot­shots , I some­times try to imag­ine how the same scenes would ap­pear if seen from a lo­ca­tion set a few hun­dred lightyears from Earth. The over­all view would be the same, I think, a few hun­dred lightyears not be­ing enough to dras­ti­cally al­ter the ap­pear­ance of ob­jects that are typ­i­cally thou­sands if not mil­lions of lightyears away in the first place. The only ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ence would be an ex­tra sprin­kling of pre­vi­ously ab­sent fore­ground stars, one of which would be our Sun! Imag­ine us, adding our tiny frag­ment of sparkling magic to some­body else’s view of the haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful Horse­head Ne­bula. Rod In­gle, Es­sex

What a won­der­ful thought Rod. We too are in­spired ev­ery month by the in­cred­i­ble images sent in by our read­ers! – Ed

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