Dark Energy Camera Sees Universe Through A Comet’s Tail

Not a bad photo considering no one planned to shoot this picture of Comet Lovejoy with the  world’s most powerful digital camera. That’s right. The comet just happened to “be in the way” during a scan made by the Dark Energy Camera. A member of the observing team said it was a “shock” to see the comet…
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Can You Feel The Love(joy) Tonight? Winter Comet Now At Its Best

Darkness came in heaps and lingered for hours last night. Although Comet Q2 Lovejoy competes well with the glare of the city and isn’t hard to see from my driveway, I craved something closer to a classic 18th century, electricity-free sky. That meant putting another 25 miles between me and Duluth. From the countryside it…
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Comet Lovejoy’s Tail Gets Pinched / Let There Be (refracted) Light!

Looks like Comet Lovejoy got its locks trimmed again. A flutter of solar wind swung round the comet and pinched off its tail, an event captured in the dramatic photo above. You can already see a new tail growing in place. The solar wind, a dilute stream of electrons and protons blown free of the…
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See Comet Lovejoy With The Naked Eye This Week

Are you ready to see a comet with nothing more than your eyeballs? Comet Q2 Lovejoy has been growing steadily brighter in the past few weeks. Now at magnitude 4.5 and still rising, it broke the 6th magnitude naked eye limit back about December 22nd. Most comet aficionados take a break from comet watching during…
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Comet Lovejoy Keeps On Giving / Bright Comet Prospects For 2014

Things have gotten awfully quiet around here ever since Comet ISON left the stage. The half dozen or so comets sprinkled about morning and evening skies are faint and require detailed charts and good-sized telescopes to see and appreciate. Except for Comet Lovejoy. This gift to beginner and amateur astronomers alike keeps on giving. Still…
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