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C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy)
Pre-Perihelion Images
2011 November 27 - December 15

Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 November 27
Copyright © 2011 by Terry Lovejoy (Thornlands, Queensland, Australia)

These are the three discovery images acquired by Lovejoy on the morning of 2011 November 27. The comet appears near the center and is very diffuse. It is moving toward the left, being over the top of a star in the middle picture.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 2
Copyright © 2011 by Michael Mattiazzo (Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia)

M. Mattiazzo acquired this image on 2011 December 2.65. He used a 28-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a Starlight Express MX7c CCD imager. Ten 10-second exposures were stacked, which show the comet as a diffuse trail.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 3
Copyright © 2011 by John Drummond (New Zealand)


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 6
Copyright © 2011 by Michael Mattiazzo (Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia)

M. Mattiazzo acquired this image on 2011 December 6.72. He used a 28-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a Starlight Express MX7c CCD imager. Ten 10-second exposures were stacked, centered on the comet.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 10
Copyright © 2011 by Jan Ebr, Michael Prouza, Petr Kubanek, and Martin Jelinek (Czech Republic)

This image was acquired during December 10.33-10.34, using the remote 30-cm FRAM telescope, a CCD camera, and an R filter at Malargue, Argentina.


Image of comet Lovejoy on 2011 December 15
Copyright © 2011 by ESA/NASA/SOHO

This is a composite of two images acquired by the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on 2011 December 15. The inner, orange portion was obtained by the Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) C2 instrument at 23:00 Universal Time (UT), while the blue image was obtained by the LASCO C3 instrument at 23:06 UT.

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