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Comet Lovejoy

Published May 15, 2007 by Tim Trott in Observations

Comet Lovejoy was Discovered in March 2007 by Australian Terry Lovejoy (using only a Canon 350D), this very Green comet is now moving through the constellation of Draco.

On May 14th Comet Lovejoy passed very close to Eta Draconis making it relatively easy to locate.

Comet Lovejoy (C/2007 E2) has a green appearance due to the presence of Cyanogen (C2N2) compound in its core.

This is the first Comet that I have chased and photographed. It's not as spectacular as this photograph by John Chumack, but it's still a good first effort I think!

Seeing and transparency were poor, light cloud cover was interrupted by the occasional thick cloud. As per usual, light pollution was the limiting factor to the exposure length which was about 10 seconds at ISO800.

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Update
Looks like I was mistaken, this is not Comet Lovejoy after all. I'm still trying to locate it though...

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