Comet Love joy

Currently (January-February 2015) is visible in the sky another comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy !

November 27th 2011 Amateur astronomy from Australia, Terry Lovejoy (Terry Lovejoy) reported the discovery of a new comet. Comet looked very dim, obscure speck, and author of the open, it seems, could not assume that after a few weeks the comet will become a real decoration of the southern sky.

After a miraculous rescue from the clutches of the Sun (many believed that it will evaporate with the passage of the perihelion), the comet Lovejoy became visible to the naked eye. Dozens of fans got the opportunity to show their skills and shoot the comet in all its glory. They were joined by professionals.

Comet Lovejoy, milky Way and tower Very Large Telescopes (VLT). Astronomer European southern Observatory (ESO) Guillaume Blanchard made this image of comet Lovejoy, being on the top of a mountain Laboratory in the Chilean Andes, where the largest telescopes of ESO. Despite the glow of dawn to the left of the comet is perfectly visible zodiacal light is the glow of interplanetary dust. Between the towers of the two telescopes visible ragged clouds. This is the Magellanic Clouds, galaxies which are satellites of the milky Way.

Petrologically Photos of comet Lovejoy in the early days after opening. In the top row — Photos of the comet through the red filter, in Central — in optics, the bottom row shows the synthesized color of the comet Lovejoy. It is seen that as it approaches the Sun, the comet appears visible tail, but overall she is too dim to be seen with the naked eye. These pictures were made with a slow shutter speed: stars for shooting time has shifted due to the daily rotation of the sky and turned into elongated strips.

Comet Lovejoy before perihelion. Pictures taken by the space Observatory SOHO on 15 December 2011. At this time it seemed that we observe the last hours of life of the comet. Soon the comet was behind a protective mask that hides the bright Sun, and many were sure that more would never see her again. However, comet Lovejoy is back!

Comet Lovejoy passes the perihelion on 16 December 2011. The picture obtained with the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) mounted on the Japanese Hinode satellite.

The NASA satellite SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) was one of the first off the unexpected return of the comet Lovejoy. In this picture, the comet, flew only 140 thousand kilometers above the surface of the Sun, already deleted from stars.

The trajectory of comet Lovejoy from 14 to 17 December 2011. A collage, created on the basis of images obtained by the SOHO Observatory, shows a consistent convergence of the comet with the Sun (left), and then delete from it (right). The time of closest approach of the comet with the star is not visible, as the Sun (the disk is shown with a white circle) is always closed with a black mask to protect sensitive camera apparatus from its blinding rays. The orbit of the comet in the image as thin lines.

Shortly after the miraculous rescue has become clear that comet Lovejoy becomes the brightest comet of recent years. Amateur astronomers living in the southern hemisphere, began the hunt for the comet when it is located very close to the Sun. In this picture, which was taken by the Photographer from Canberra the Vello Tabur, seen as yet only to obscure the tail of the comet rising above the horizon cloud. Photo: Vello Tabur

One of the first spectacular photos of comet Lovejoy has been the commander of the 30th expedition to the ISS, Dan Berbank, who photographed guest on December 21 from Italian observation module Cupola with a height of 380 km above the Earth. In an interview with channel WDIV-TV Detroit Dan Burbank said about the comet: “This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space”

Early on the morning of 22 December, the comet Lovejoy photographed by astronomer Yuri Beletsky, working at the European southern Observatory. The picture illustrates the comet rising above the city of Santiago, capital of Chile. Bright object to the left of the comet is the Moon.

On the same morning the comet Lovejoy photographed and Amateur astronomy from the South Australian kalli Nicholas. Photo was obtained at 4:30 in Riverland. Since 22 December the comet was actively removed by Amateur astrophotographers from around the southern hemisphere of the Earth.

Comet Lovejoy and the milky Way over Beaufort lake-Christmas morning.

The cosmic ray. This is the tail of comet Lovejoy, taken with a slow shutter speed. Due to the rotation of the Earth stars time for the time to turn into a dash.

Comet Lovejoy above the Observatory Laboratory. ESO astronomer Gabriel Brammer (Brammer Gabriel) captured the comet at the time of laser operation, a Very Large Telescope.

Above the clouds. Frenchman Luc Perrault photographed comet Lovejoy over the mountains of reunion island in the Indian ocean.

Another image of comet Lovejoy from space. Photo obtained on December 22 from aboard the International space station. The author of the picture is the commander of the 30th space expeditions, NASA astronaut Dan Burbank.

Comet Lovejoy is in the infrared rays. Satellite image taken December 25, 2011 Board MxC at an altitude of 380 km above the Earth’s surface.

Pre-dawn view of the comet Lovejoy. Screenshot of the ESO astronomer Gabriel brammer of (Gabriel Brammer).

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