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Comet Lovejoy in the morning

16 Dec 2013, 06:40 UTC
Comet Lovejoy in the morning
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Comet LovejoyDespite the fizzle of Comet ISON, another comet is nearing its closest approach to the Sun and is assuredly *not* going to burn up. Comet Lovejoy 2013 is not a bright comet, but it is a beautiful sight with a long tail as it nears the Sun. Lucky for this comet, it won't be a "sun grazer" like ISON, so there is no threat of imminent disintegration. You'll need binoculars or a telescope to see it in any detail, and it will be best seen toward the end of December when the moonlight will interfere less with the night sky.This article by Astro Bob contains good information on finding Lovejoy in the morning sky, presently in the constellation Hercules.Image credit: Gerald Rhemann.

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