Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy: a new image (11 Jan. 2015)
On 11 Jan. 2015 we were ready to share comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy live, but the weather was cloudy and rainy, so we rescheduled our public online session for the next day. Incredibly, the sky cleared for 15 minutes or so and we could capture a few images of the comet. Unfortunately, we could only take three images, as the clouds were promptly back again.
The image above comes from the average of only three, 120-seconds unfiltered exposures, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the apparent rate of the comet. The negative palette is also shown, to better present the many complex features of the inner part of the ion tail.
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