Comet Lovejoy and M79

José J. Chambó Bris
Location of photo
Siding Spring, Australia
Date/Time of photo
2014 Dec. 29 @ 15:05 UT
Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor + SBIG STL-1100M camera
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on December 29, 2014 while passing near globular cluster M 79 into Lepus. The comet has increased its brightness until 5th magnitude meanwhile its gassy coma has extended until a diameter of 0.5 degrees (same apparent size as the Moon), the galaxy NGC 1886 is immersed up in the outside of coma. The ionic tail of the comet departs toward northeast getting out the image with a longitude higher than 2 degrees, and showing a rich structure in which highlights a disconnection to half degree from nucleus.
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