Comet Lovejoy has been delighting skywatchers worldwide throughout the holidays and is now set to take centre stage in the evening skies as it reaches its peak brightness.
On Wednesday, the three-kilometre-wide icy visitor from the fringes of the solar system reached its closest distance to Earth, just 70 million kilometres away – about half the distance between our planet and the Sun. But, now the comet’s distance from us won’t be changing for many nights to come, offering lots of opportunity to check this amazing sky show out for yourself.
At this point, the comet is not generating enough dust to form an bright tail with the naked eye, but astrophotographers have been capturing amazing snapshots of a ghostly tail sweeping back from the head of the comet.
And the most recent photos taken by backyard astronomers have been recording strange, blob-like features in the blue-coloured tail, according to spaceweather.com.
Astronomers believe there may be a magnetic storm underway within theRead More »from This week is the best chance to see comet Lovejoy for the next 8,000 years