The Tail of a Comet Amongst the Stars

Nearly a week after its last photo event, here’s a shot of Comet Lovejoy seen from the Space Station on December 27.

On its way back out into the solar system after its close run-in with the Sun on December 15, Lovejoy has since sprouted a beautiful gauzy new tail which now precedes it along its path.

The comet was discovered on December 2 by Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy, and thus bears his name. Rather than being disintegrated on approach to the Sun, it survived the pass and became a brief sensation among astronomy fans worldwide.

Image: NASA