Photo Gallery:Comet Lovejoy
Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3)
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LocationWagga Wagga, Australia
DateChristmas eve, at 04:00 local Summer time
EquipmentNikon D90 at 18 mm, f/3.5, maximum ISO and with full noise reduction. Losmandy mount. Plus photo from S&T
DescriptionThe Kreutz Group of comets has resulted in more than ten bright comets and many hundreds of small fragments that have only been observed by dedicated solar satellites. The last Great Sungrazer was White-Ortiz-Bolelli seen in 1970. The attached shows Comet White-Ortiz-Bolelli (S&T july 1970, p16) and the new record holder, Comet Lovejoy, photographed Christmas eve from Wagga Wagga, Australia, by Dr Graeme White; the co-discover of Comet White-Ortiz-Bolelli (some 40 years earlier) and Michael Maher. Note the striking similarity of the structure – these two comets are truly sisters.
LocationRoma, Queensland, Australia
Date3:19 am 25/12/2011
EquipmentCanon 5DmkII with Canon 14 mm f/2.8L II lens on an Astrotrac Travel System equatorial mount and pier. 2x 301 second exposures at f/4 and ISO 800. Field of view is approximately 104 degrees (horizontal).
DescriptionThis center of this 104 degree (horizontal) widefield photo points towards the South Celestial Pole (east is left, west is right). The comet “Lovejoy” with its two tails is a magnificent sight at 27 degrees long, adjacent to the Milky Way galaxy. The Southern Cross (Crux constellation) and Pointers (Alpha/Beta Centauri) are featured slightly left of center, while the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud are to the right of centre. The stars Canopus and Achernar feature in the top-right and bottom-right of the photo. The yellow (east) and green (west) glows are from the morning twilight.
LocationNear Bariloche, Argentina (-41.0,-71.2)
EquipmentCanon T1i, kit lens, tripod mounted.
DescriptionWind from the south finally blew away the volcanic ash from the Caulle eruption and we enjoyed a perfect comet Lovejoy night. The tail extended 25 degrees visually. Amazing.
Date2011/12/22 at 5:30 am.
EquipmentThe picture was taken with a Canon T2i, 50mm. lens. at f:2.2, ISO 800, on tripod.
DescriptionThe tail of the comet Lovejoy and the Moon, rising on the mountain that surrond Vicuna, Chile.
LocationFederal University of São Carlos campus, São Carlos, Brazil,
DateDecember 23, 2011, 7h30 GMT
EquipmentCanon T2i+50 mm lens @f/4, 10 sec. exposure, ISO 1600, fixed tripod.
DescriptionComet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy is every astronomer's dream Christmas gift. It is visible even in urban areas if you find a darker location like a park. This picture was taken at Federal University of São Carlos campus in Brazil, about 2km from the city, 30min before sunrise.