Image of Comet Lovejoy taken on December 26 2013

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This image of Comet C/2013 Lovejoy is a composite of 4 exposures, 100 seconds each taken the morning of Dec 26. The Moon was quite close to the subject and the comet was low on the horizon, so the conditions were not ideal.

The image has been processed in ordert to enhance some interesting features of the bright areas of the coma. It is evident a bended structure originating from the comet’s nucleus and contributing to the main tail.

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy on Dec 26 2013

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy on Dec 26 2013

The comet has passed it’s perihelion two days ago, and currently is about 122 million kilometers from the Sun and 150 million kilometers from Earth.