The Northern Jewelbox in Scorpius
Had Messier been able to
see this area of the night sky he would have certainly listed the
more Northern version of the Jewelbox among the objects in his catalog.
Appearing easily to the naked eye in dark skies it would be
easily to mistake this for a comet. The coma of the comet
would be the tightly packed open cluster NGC 6231, seen just to
the right of center here.
Location: Texas Star Party 2003
near Fort Davis, Texas
Exposure Notes: Conditions were near perfect for shooting this object with dark skies, good seeing and no wind.
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