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Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)

By AntHolloway
Taken from the back garden this morning before dawn, Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) is currently close to the cluster of stars known as Praesepe or the Beehive.

It is heading closer to the Sun with a closest approach at the end of December and can be seen in a pair of binoculars.

It appears green due to the presence of cyanogen (CN) and diatomic carbon (C_2) being illuminated by ultraviolet light from the Sun and undergoing resonant fluorescence.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Astrophotography Beehive Cluster Comet Lovejoy Praesepe

Voters: capto, accipiter, Grishka and 4 more


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capto Plus
7 5.8k 11 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 9:01AM
Love the expert write up.Smile

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accipiter 9 61 England
9 Nov 2013 9:17AM
Fascinating - thanks for sharing. A
ColleenA Plus
7 419 6 Australia
9 Nov 2013 12:13PM

Quote:Fascinating - thanks for sharing. A

Wow...well done

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