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.21) Comet Lulin was visible to the naked eye with identical brightness as star b Vigo HP58510 with a magnitude of 5.35," reports Eddie Irizarry of the Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe in Puerto Rico. "But what caught our attention was Lulin's noticeable speed. Using a telescope, take a good look at the stars that surround Comet Lulin; then look again just 10 minutes later and you will see how Lulin's position has changed. It is amazing how fast this comet is moving!"

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Phillip Jones,
Central Texas Astronomical Society observatory grounds, Clifton, TX
Feb. 22, 2009
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Comet Lulin captured on Feb 22. The blue anti-tail is beautiful.

Saied Bahrami Nezhad,
Bidkhoon, Kerman, Iran
Feb. 23, 2009

it was realy nice. at first i found it by naked-eye in the dark sky, and after it in the so cold and windy mountains, i decide to took this picture from the green and lovely comet.

Photo details: Canon 400D, ISO-1600, 250sec exposure

John Nassr,
Baguio, Philippines
Feb. 22, 2009
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Comet Lulin displays 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.

Jimmy Westlake,
Stagecoach, Colorado
Feb. 21, 2009
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I captured Comet Lulin in the act of rising over the Rocky Mountains last night, February 21, 2009, in this four-image sequence. As the Earth's horizon dips down, revealing the green comet and its unusual anti-tail, the rapid motion of the comet can be seen against the background stars during the 8-minute time span of the images. Animating the images brings the comet to life. Relative speed between the Earth and Comet Lulin is nearly 140,000 MPH as they move in opposite directions around the Sun!

Image 1 was taken at 8:57 PM MST.

Image 2 was taken at 8:58 PM MST.

Image 3 was taken at 9:02 PM MST.

Image 4 was taken at 9:05 PM MST.

All images were taken with a Fuji FinePix Pro S2 digital camera (ISO 800) and 300 mm fl Nikkor lens at f2.8, guided piggyback on a Celestron 11" telescope in Stagecoach, Colorado.

Paolo Candy,
Cimini Astronomical Observatory - Italy
Feb. 23, 2009
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The comet Lulin has a lost of the ion tail, which is like a smoke!

Paul Mortfield,
Sierra Remote Observatories, California, USA
Feb. 20, 2009
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I was amazed to find detailed structure in the ion tail by combining 50 frames taken over 100+ minutes. The site's all-sky camera also showed the comet as a faint smudge.

more images: from Mike Prokosch of Sam Houston State Observatory, Huntsville, Texas; from Tom King of Watauga, Texas; from Gary W. Kronk of St. Jacob, Illinois; from Enrico Colzani of Sormano Astronomical Observatory (Co), Italy; from Rob Ratkowski of Haleakala summit, Maui; from Efrain Morales Rivera of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

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