C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy)

Comet Lovejoy now visible with naked eye

Comet Lovejoy's tail is visible after all,  from around the southern hemisphere. It can be visible just before sunrise. Reports of two tails indicates that it develop dust and ion tail. The gaseous tail is blow almost directly away from the sun by solar wind

December 22, 2011

Amazing comet Lovejoy

The unexpected survival of comet Lovejoy has amazed astronomers because most comets that have close encounters with the sun are destroyed. Many researchers predicted the comet would likely fizzle out, as the chances of its survival were so low. Comet

December 19, 2011

Death of Comet Lovejoy - Update

First video of Comet Lovejoy through the AIA telescope on @NASA_SDO First visual of Comet Lovejoy - watch here  UPDATE: 00:23   SDO has completed the off-point maneuver, is sending the images to the ground. Look for images in few

December 15, 2011

Comet Lovejoy - Update

Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) is on the path of selfdestruction. It is set to pass through the sun's intensely hot corona, within 87,000 miles (140,000 km) of the solar surface. This point of closest approach, called perihelion, is expected at 7 p.m. EST Dec. 15

December 15, 2011

Comet Lovejoy - Don't miss it!!!

Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) could become as bright as Jupiter or Venus when it "flames out," the glare of the sun will hide the event from human eyes. Solar observatories in space, however, will have a grand view. Yesterday the brightening comet entered the

December 13, 2011

Comet Lovejoy heading toward sun, closest approach on December 16th

With Geminid meteor shower, total lunar eclipse next week we are facing another event. Sungrazing comet C/2011 W3 heading toward Sun. Perihelion will come on December 16th at a point just 0.005652 astronomical unit from the Sun's center or about 186,200

December 09, 2011