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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dec 4, 2013 -- Comet Lovejoy through Mörby Castle Ruins

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Dec 4, 2013


Comet Lovejoy through Mörby Castle Ruins
Image Credit & Copyright: P-M Hedén (Clear Skies, TWAN)

Courtesy of http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
This new comet is quite photogenic. Comet Lovejoy, discovered only three months ago, was imaged through ruins of ancient Mörby Castle in Sweden last week sporting a green-glowing coma and tails trailing several degrees. The past few weeks have been an unusually active time for comet watchers as four comets were visible simultaneously with binoculars: ISON, Lovejoy, Encke, and LINEAR. C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) comet is currently visible to the unaided eye from a dark location. As Monday's new Moon will provide little glare, the next few days provide a good time to see Comet Lovejoy as it reaches its peak brightness. In two and a half weeks, Comet Lovejoy will reach its closest approach to the Sun at a distance just inside the orbital distance of the Earth.

 

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