Rosetta approaching comet 67P

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After the successful wakeup following the deep space hybernation on January 20 2014, Spacecraft Rosetta is now completing the final approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft is still 5 million kilometers from the Comet, and the approach period will last until May-June 2014. However, seen from Earth, the two objects are apparently very close, such that…

Comet Lovejoy on Valentine's Day

Comet Lovejoy on Valentine’s Day

Image of Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy taken on Feb 14 2014. This image is the result of a 240 seconds exposure captured using telescope T24 (0.61-m f/6.5 astrograph) of the iTelescope.net service. After having passed it perihelion on Dec 22 2013, Comet Lovejoy is currently moving away from the Sun, being right now between the…

C/2013 R1 Lovejoy has developed a wonderful tail

While ISON is approaching the Sun in the next few days and is currently invisible, Comet C/2013 Lovejoy is easily observable in the northern emisphere before the dawn, in the constellation of Canes Venatici, This picture (6 minutes exposure through a 10mm diameter astrograph), was taken on November 24 at 4:00 UTC. Despite the Moon…