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C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy)
Post-Perihelion Images
2011 December 21

Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 21
Copyright © 2011 by Marcelo Martins (Agudos do Sul, Parana, Brazil)

This image was acquired on December 21.22 (UT), using a Canon 400D DSLR camera with a 50mm lens, and shows the comet's tail extending into the morning sky. This is a 20 second exposure.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 21
Copyright © 2011 by Rodney Austin (New Plymouth, New Zealand)

This image was acquired on December 21.63 (UT) and shows the comet's tail extending about 18 degrees into the morning sky.This was a 15-second exposure using a Canon Kiss DSLR and a 55mm lens.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 21
Copyright © 2011 by Rodney Austin (Marsland Hill, New Plymouth, New Zealand)

This image was acquired on December 21.65 (UT).This was a 20-second exposure using a Canon Kiss DSLR and an 18mm lens.The Moon is to the left and New Plymouth Observatory is to the right.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 21
Copyright © 2011 by Vello Tabur (Stockinbingal, New South Wales, Australia)

This image was acquired on December 21.7 (UT), using a Canon 400D DSLR camera with a 50mm lens. The tail was about 14 degrees long.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 21
Copyright © 2011 by NASA/Dan Burbank (Expedition 30 commander, International Space Station)

This image was acquired by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank on December 21, 2011. The comet is just above Earth's limb.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 21
Copyright © 2011 by Robert McNaught (Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia)

Rob obtained this image on December 21.74 (UT), as the International Space Station (trail to right of comet's tail) was moving in the same area of the sky. This is a 20-second exposure acquired using a Canon 5D and a 50mm lens.

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