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.
Posted on December 30, 2011, in Comets and Asteroids and tagged astronomy, comet, Lovejoy, orbit, science, space, space station, stars. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Tail of a Comet Amongst the Stars.