Comet Lovejoy seen from the ISS [8 pics]

comet lovejoy over chile at night Comet Lovejoy seen from the ISS [8 pics]

Comet Lovejoy and Chile at Night (ISS 12/26/11)
This busy night time panorama was photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members from the International Space Station on Dec. 26, 2011. Comet Lovejoy streaks through the star-filled sky just to the right of center. The land mass is the coast of Chile, looking southeast, with several coastal cities in the capital city region near Santiago. A 28-mm focal length was used to record the image.
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 Comet Lovejoy seen from the ISS [8 pics]


Introduction

As Comet Lovejoy was visible from Earth during the Christmas holiday it became known as “The Great Christmas Comet of 2011″, and because its appearance was announced on the 16th anniversary of the SOHO satellite’s launch it was also nicknamed “The Great Birthday Comet of 2011″.

Comet Lovejoy is a periodic comet, classified as a Kreutz Sungrazer. It was discovered in November 2011 by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. The comet’s perihelion took it through the Sun’s corona on 16 December 2011, after which it emerged intact and continued on its orbit to the outer solar system.[8 pictures]

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Comet Lovejoy Earth’s Horizon (ISS 12/21/11)

Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth’s horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011.

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Comet Lovejoy Earth’s Horizon 2 (ISS 12/21/11)

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Comet Lovejoy Earth’s Horizon 3 (ISS 12/21/11)

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Comet Lovejoy Earth’s Horizon (ISS 12/22/11)

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Comet Lovejoy Fading (ISS 12/27/11)

Almost a week after first sighting in the night sky, Comet Lovejoy is visible to the six astronauts and cosmonauts currently aboard the International Space Station. An 85-mm focal length was used to record the image.

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Earth, Airglow (ISS 11/24/11)

This is a panoramic view of Earth’s atmospheric limb photographed by an Expedition 30 crew member aboard the International Space Station when it was over a point centered approximately at 41.5 degrees north latitude and 179.9 degrees west longitude (central North Pacific — right at the International Dateline). The view is looking westward, well after sunset. The panorama includes airglow, some cloud formations, a portion of the space station silhouetted at the top of the frame and a star field.
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Comet Lovejoy in infrared

This infrared image features Comet Lovejoy and was photographed about 240 miles above Earth from the International Space Station. A 58-mm focal length was used.
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7 Responses to Comet Lovejoy seen from the ISS [8 pics]

  1. rich lovejoy January 23, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    love the pics of comet lovejoy,i wonder why!!!has anybody seen it yet in 2012,i know they said that at the end of jan it would proble be visable again?? thank you,..rich lovejoy 110 ceder terrace north, charles city iowa 50616…

  2. Nevts Ylneo April 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    What an amazing set of pictures. Thanks for sharing. I especially loved the first image, since it gives you some sort of perspective on the size of the horizon.

  3. Kiefer July 7, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    I loved the first one! and number 8 comet joy! extremely good

  4. Delcamag December 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Very nice post !

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