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In addition to the comet, the images reveal a treasure trove of other astronomical activity. The stars appear to shift between white and black as a result of image processing. The shift also highlights variable stars — which change brightness either as a result of pulsation, rapid rotation, or by eclipsing binary neighbors.
Asteroids in our solar system appear as small white dots moving across the field of view. Towards the end of the video, one can see a faint broad arc of light moving across the middle section of the frame from left to right. This is stray light from Mars, which is located outside the frame. The images were taken when Mars was at its brightest near opposition, or its closest distance, to Earth.
originally posted by: Alien Abduct
a reply to: gortex
Nice, I haven’t heard about TESS. In the video they say how the comet tail was moving and it was very interesting. I was wondering why they found that so intriguing because it seemed to be doing what it was supposed to be doing as it orbited the sun.
They didn’t say anything about it in the article. Maybe they were just pointing it out for us like they pointed out the other things to make it easier to spot.
originally posted by: DictionaryOfExcuses
When my young daughter is the age I am now, I wonder if she will view this the same way I see Charlie Chaplin films today.