Terry Lovejoy is an amateur astronomer in Brisbane, Australia. He's known for modifying consumer grade digital cameras to make them more useable for astrophotography. To date, Lovejoy has discovered three comets...most recently in November, 2011. His most recent one, called C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) by the pros and Comet Lovejoy by the rest of us is a comet that, according to the scientists, should have met its demise on its approach to the sun mid-December of last year.
Well, Lovejoy seemed to have a will of its own. The Sun's corona is several million degrees hot. And Lovejoy wasn't done yet. As it orbited away from the sun, it gave earthbound observers (and those on the ISS ) quite a show. It's been a while since we've had a major comet visible without optical aid here in the northern hemisphere. The data suggests we will see it here this month and next but I haven't seen anything yet. Fingers crossed. Enjoy the photos! I'd love to see something like these but it is unlikely since Comet Lovejoy is moving away from us--and I really don't think I'll be here in 600 years on its return visit :(
|Taken from International Space Station by Dan Burbank|
|taken by C. Legg|
|Alex Cherney photo|
|G Kelaher taken near Perth, Australia|