BARNEY MAGRATH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BARNEY MAGRATH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Optical photograph of part of the Milky Way, in the constellation of Norma (the Rule), showing Halley's Comet at upper left. The comet has a diffuse, bluish, fanlike tail composed of gas and dust. The region is bright with millions of stars and nebulae and intersected by dark dust lanes. The photograph was taken form New Zealand during October 1986.
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