Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet Lovejoy Over a Windmill
Posted on 12/09/2013 5:28:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Lovejoy continues to be an impressive camera comet. Pictured above, Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) was imaged above the windmill in Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire in southern France with a six-second exposure. In the foreground is a field of lavender. Comet Lovejoy should remain available for photo opportunities for northern observers during much of December and during much of the night, although it will be fading as the month progresses and highest in the sky before sunrise. In person, the comet will be best viewed with binoculars. A giant dirty snowball, Comet Lovejoy last visited the inner Solar System about 7,000 years ago, around the time that humans developed the wheel.
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“I don’t think I’ll ever get over that windmill. Those wounds run ... pretty deep.”
OK, I’m lazy. I live in the Sacramento area so where do I look and at what time in order to see this thing. I need to rendezvous with the spaceship behind it.
Know anyone who makes good shears?
;’) Don’t forget to buy some new sports shoes.
Right you are, forgot the Nike’s and a purple towel.
I’m waiting for comet Strangelove.
I’ve got to remember to pick up some comet cleanser.
Those a lovely too. They are also exempt from the fines if they kill any Eagles or other endangered birds. Because those windmills are saving the environment.
‘You know Dasher and Dancer and Comet X and Blitzen,
but do you recall, the most famous dirty ice ball of all?’
Rudolfzilla the fiery comet, had a very shiny tail ....
And now Cher can see it for a second time.
How long until the planet x people latch onto this comet?
Here's my Starry Night image for tomorrow morning's view from Sacramento. Be advised the brightness of the comet is wildly exaggerated, but the location should be quite accurate. ( If you can't find M13, I don't think you'll find the comet! )
Oops. Originally I had the horizon showing, but I zoomed in because the software didn’t show the comet with the wide view. The info for this hour puts it at 21 deg. above the horizon in the ENE ( rises around 2:40 AM . ) It gives it a magnitude of 8.4, significantly dimmer than M13 at 7.0 , so could be tough to spot, but with a dark sky is should be doable with good binoculars.
Thank you but what does ENE stand for?
I guess you don’t do crossword puzzles! ( It’s the opposite of WSW,) i.e. East Northeast, halfway between East and Northeast.
That 8.4 is the predicted magnitude. Astronomy software always runs with the predicted instead of updating with observations.
I would love to know why.
What is the software you are using there?
It’s Starry Night, Enthusiasts edition.
They do have updates, but I don’t know if they are on the ball day by day with comet magnitudes.
None of them are.
It would help if they would tweak things to reflect reality.
I use Cartes du Ceil myself. Nice program. Lots of objects. Free to use.
It’s the light. For me, the difference between a good photo and a spectacular photo is light. This photo has incredible light.
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