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The Details
Object
Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2
Optics
Astro-Physics 105 mm Traveler
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance Gen 2 LRGB filter set
Date
23 January 2015
Location
Desert Center, CA - Eastern Riverside County
Exposure
L 4 x 120 sec 1x1 binned; RGB 3 ea x 60 sec 2x2 binned
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack, Photoshop CS 5
Orientation
Field of View: 03°09' x 02°06' centered on RA02h49m19s
DEC +30°34’34” (2000.0) . North angle 179.22°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 is a long-period comet making its return to the inner solar system. It's next visit will be in approximately 8000 years.

The glowing green head of the comet is produced by molecular diatomic carbon (C2) impacted by strong ultraviolet sunlight. The long blue tail color is due to fluorescent carbon monoxide (CO),

 

 

 

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