Comet Lulin Photo Gallery

Summary:  Following its close encounter with Earth on Feb. 24th, Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) is moving away and slowly dimming. [full story] [ephemeris] [3D orbit] [finder charts: Jan.11-Feb.20, Feb.20-Mar.21]

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  VISUAL REPORTS: "Last night, Feb. 24th, I was extremely impressed by comet Lulin no matter what I used to observe it," reports Martin McKenna of Maghera, N. Ireland. "With the naked eye I could see the comet as a large elliptical 5th mag haze 2 degrees below Saturn. Furthermore, using averted vision I managed, just once, to glimpse the anti-tail without optical aid as a fine streak pointing away from Saturn! The view of the anti-tail in the 8.5" F/7 reflector with wide angle eyepiece was absolutely incredible. The anti-tail spike could be seen extending across the entire field towards the Sun. It was extremely bright with well defined edges and reminded me for all the world like a glorious bright green blade or sword among the stars."

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Tunc Tezel,
Tavas, Turkey
Feb. 25, 2009

Lulin and Saturn at 0130 local time (GMT+2) on 25th February. The ion tail of Lulin is nearly completely hidden behing the head, thanks to the perfect opposition alignment. 3 nights ago, it was plainly visible, just opposite of the dust (anti?)tail. Composite of 0.5 and 1-minute exposures at ISO 3200, through 200 mm f/1.8 lens. The diffusion was caused by very thin clouds.

Paulo Lobao,
Feb. 25, 2009

This movie shows comet Lulin and two asteroids in the same field of view. I took the pictures from Portugal (lat:41.03; long:-7.17) on the 25th Feb 2009 from 1:18 to 2:07 UT.

Photo details: 15 images of 3 min each with Canon 40D + Tak FS102NSV @ f/6.2.

Wu BingXun,
Mt. Hehuan, Nanto, Taiwan.
Feb. 23, 2009
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Comet Lulin was found in our country, Taiwan. This photo was shot on the Mount Hehuan in Taiwan, too. At 23 February night, comet Lulin "lost" its ion tail, but we still can see some remains at the upper left of the comet. We aslo can see Saturn(at the photo's upper left corner) shinning with the comet.

Joseph Brimacombe,
Cairns, Australia
Feb. 22, 2009
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Taken from New Mexico Skies using an FSQ 106 and STL11000 camera, the image is a median combine stack of 50 x 180 sec frames with the comet tracked. It shows considerable detail of both tails. What an endlessly surprising and beautiful comet Lulin has turned out to be.

Gregg Ruppel,
Ellisville, MO
Feb. 22, 2009
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Lulin's tail seems to be sputtering dust and gas. This is an inverted view of ten 60 second integrations.

more images: from Tony Trelford of Canowindra NSW Australia; from Mike Broussard of Maurice, Louisiana; from Thad V'Soske of Colorado National Monument, Colorado; from Fins Eirexas of Ames, A Coruña, Spain; from Mark Sibole of Fife Lake Michigan; from Phillip Chee of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; from Mike Crowle of St Blazey, Cornwall, UK; from ALBERTO QUIJANO VODNIZA of Pasto,Nariño. COLOMBIA; from Peter Lipscomb of Santa Fe, New Mexico; from Bill Gucfa of Rehoboth, Massachusetts; from James Melka of Chesterfield, Missouri;

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