Pieces of Space
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As planet Earth approached the plane of the Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) orbit on May 23rd, comet watchers were treated to this view of its magnificent anti-tail. 
Dust forming the anti-tail trails along the comet’s orbit as it leaves the inner solar system behind. An almost edge-on perspective from near the outbound comet’s orbital plane enhances the view of the anti-tail and makes it seem to point in the sunward direction, only apparently contrary to the behavior of comet dust tails pushed outward by the pressure of sunlight. 
Via Nasa Image of the Day
  1. As planet Earth approached the plane of the Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) orbit on May 23rd, comet watchers were treated to this view of its magnificent anti-tail.

    Dust forming the anti-tail trails along the comet’s orbit as it leaves the inner solar system behind. An almost edge-on perspective from near the outbound comet’s orbital plane enhances the view of the anti-tail and makes it seem to point in the sunward direction, only apparently contrary to the behavior of comet dust tails pushed outward by the pressure of sunlight. 

    Via Nasa Image of the Day

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