Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lovejoy, the star of Christmas

Who has spent Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere could see, as tradition dictates, a luminous trail across the sky before dawn. A true miracle of nature! The Comet Lovejoy, able not only to resist a close encounter with the Sun but capable of giving many of us, in this Christmas season,  spectacular images. The comet belongs to the so-called Plain of Kreutz comets probably originate from a single large comet.
Lovejoy has a size of about 200 meters, then equal to two football fields, and is unusually large compared to the average size of these objects. It has been the first comet of this type have been observed from Earth for many days near  the sun.
  It has been discovered last November 27 by Australian Terry Lovejoy.


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