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Comet Lovejoy meeting M79 on 28.12.14: This comet with the designation C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), which is fastly approaching the sun, can now be observed with binoculars in the constellation of Lepus. Its tail is changing rapidly and as the image shows also breaking up.
At the time of the exposures for this image the comet seemed close to the Globular Cluster M79, about 42000 light years distant. At the upper rim of the image Spiral Galaxy NGC 1886 can be detected (mag 12.7) many millions of light years away.

The images were recorded on Dec 28/29 between 21:16 - 22:32 UT from Somerset West, South Africa.

The image has been selected Astronomy Picture of the Day(APOD) 

 



Object Comet Lovejoy meets M79 on 28.12.14
Category Sun, Moon, Planets
Designation C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Constellation Lepus
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 4x6min L, 4x3m RGB each (2x2 binning), Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar with Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code LRGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 28 Dec 2014
Remark Images from 21:16 - 22:32 UT, 28-12-2014
 
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