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Braided structure in F3 NEOWISE dust tail

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Braided structure in F3 NEOWISE dust tail

What gives rise to the remarkable tail structure visible in this image?

https://twitter.com/aydinmustafaaa/status/1282432106350731264/photo/1

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A vivid imagination

A vivid imagination on behalf of the person who made the image. This is not real.

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The real detail in the comet

The real detail in the comet is spectacular. I really don't understand why anyone would want to make stuff up like that. 

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Dodgy image

Fair enough, Nick. This one got past the defences of my sleep deprived brain. This is why I don't bother with any social media.Too many b-------ds out there!

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Fake Comet Photo

There is a better copy, in colour, on the following website, exposing it as a fake:-

http://www.rankinstudio.com/How_To_Spot_Bullshit_Comet_Photos

As to why, ??

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Why?

They want fame, notoriety and followers - that way lies a big ego boost and advertising revenue. You see quite a few, er, augmented, pictures these days. Some more subtle than this.

I'm only surprised its not the Zetans coming in off the shoulder of Orion at last. :)

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Good web link

That's a really good page. Unfortunately fake images like this are common. At least this one was blatant, some are more subtle and harder to identify for what they are. A good maxim is that if you see any astro image that shows something no one else is showing from someone you have never heard of, be suspicious and dig around a bit to get some idea of the authenticity. It is a shame that social media is overrun by this kind of stuff. A faked comet picture is pretty minor compared to some of the other, sometimes very convincing, fake messages out there.