Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy: a new image (01 Jan. 2014)
The new year started in a great way at Virtual Telescope! A few hours midnight, after welcoming the new 2014, the sky was clear and comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy was at about 20 degrees above the horizon. F0g was around, though, so definitely not the best desirable conditions.
Nonetheless, we slewed the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope to the comet and took a few images. Above is the average of 6, 120-seconds exposures, showing the comet and part of its tail.
We wish you a great 2014 and are ready to share the most important astronomical events of 2014!
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