Lovejoy's Second Tail Disconnection in Two Days

Lovejoy's Second Tail Disconnection in Two Days

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After the December 24 tail disconnection, the tail of Comet Lovejoy C2014 Q2 appears to have undergone a second tail disconnection in this Dec 26 image! The upper portion of the tail is clearly truncated and the lower portion has a distinct knot. The tail is full recovered again in the following Dec 27 image. The field of view is 3 degrees wide in all images.

Lovejoy's Second Tail Disconnection in Two Days

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Lovejoy's Second Tail Disconnection in Two Days

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Date Imaged       :

December 25, 26, and 27, 2014

Lens       :

Borg 77ED at f/4.3

Camera       :

QSI 683

Exposure       :

35 minutes

Filter       :

L 4 x 5 minutes RGB 5 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy G11

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio