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Comet Lovejoy (c/2011 W3)


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  • Location: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Thunderstorms, Warm summer evenings
  • Location: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Anyone see the news on this comet?

http://spaceweather.com/

seems to have survived its plunge towards the sun , and is being described as the brightest sungrazing comet ever seen by the SOHO spacecraft. Also a chance it may become visible in the sky next to the sun.

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

Is it coming in the back of an old Volvo estate?

lovejoy.jpg

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  • Location: Whaley Bridge - Peak District
  • Location: Whaley Bridge - Peak District

Some good images & blog posts about the Comet at this page

http://sungrazer.nrl.navy.mil/index.php?p=news/birthday_comet#bottom

Just a shame we've had showers here today otherwise i'd have tried giving this -3/-4 possible daytime vis Comet a try, especially at sunrise/sunset with the risen sun obscured by horizonal haze. Going to have to wait for what tomorrow brings.

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  • Location: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Thunderstorms, Warm summer evenings
  • Location: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Now that the comet is more than five degrees from the sun, it is possible (albeit still not easy) for amateur astronomers to photograph it just before sunrise. There was only a 30 minute window between the rise of the comet and that of the sun

Here's hoping it stays intact and puts on a good show in the pre dawn skies :)

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  • Location: Whitkirk, Leeds 86m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Anything but mild south-westeries in winter
  • Location: Whitkirk, Leeds 86m asl

Yup... we have to go back to 1997 when the amazing Hale Bopp gave us a fantastic show.. I'm sure our time will come again.. hopefully before Haley when most of us will be 6 foot under!

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