Long Hair
A comet passes in front of the Earth and Moon
Long Hair
Though comets themselves are only kilometres across, the gas and dust freed from their icy surfaces can stretch vast distances, blown by the solar wind and by radiation pressure. Here, a bright comet passes behind the Earth as it heads towards the Sun, its tail – longer than the radius of Earth's orbit – dwarfing the puny planet and its satellite.

Title: Long Hair

Category: Solar System

Medium: Photoshop

Date: 2001

Client: Cambridge University Press


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