Comet Lulin C/2007 N3

Comet Lulin C/2007 N3

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Comets are especially fascinating in part because they are usually full of surprises with their rapidly and ever changing shapes. Comet Lulin does not fail in this regard displaying a very prominent anti-tail spiking south-east towards the Sun and a tail on the opposite side buffeted by solar winds. Lulin and its two tails span approximately four full moon widths in this 104x155 arc minute field of view and is a mere 0.42 AU from the Earth in this image. An AU or “astronomical unit” is the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Zavijava aka 5-Beta Virginis is the brightest star on the left.



Date Imaged       :

February 22, 2009

Lens       :

Borg 77ED f/4.3

Camera       :

ST10XME

Exposure       :

5 minutes

Filter       :

Astrodon L 5x1minute

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines