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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Jerry Lodriguss,
New Jersey Pine Barrens
Feb. 23, 2009
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Comet Lulin (C2007 / N3) at approximately 6th magnitude, passes just 2 degrees away from Saturn (upper right), shining brilliantly at magnitude 0.6. The spikes on Saturn are diffraction effects from the aperture blades in the camera lens. Lulin's bright anti-tail points to the upper left, and it's faint blue ion tail points to the lower right. Sigma Leonis, a 4th magnitude star, is the other bright star in the frame.

Joe Wheelock,
McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis Texas USA
Feb. 24, 2009
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I think I caught a tumbling satellite in between Comet Lulin and Saturn in this picture. Photo Details: Comet Lulin and Saturn Taken on Feb. 24, 2009 (12:05 A.M. CST) with 105mm Sigma telephoto piggybacked on my 16inch F/4.5 Newtonian Telescope Canon XSi DSLR 120sec. exp @ISO 1600 f/3.5. Image processed with Adobe Photoshop CS3, Digital Photo Professional, Blackframe Noise Reduction and Neat Image. In between Saturn and the comet appears to be a tumbling satellite?

John Nassr,
Baguio, Philippines
Feb. 23, 2009
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The tail is evolving so rapidly from night to night!

James Champagne,
Theriot, Louisiana, USA
Feb. 23, 2009
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Comet Lulin's ion tail now resembles smoke. Equipment used included a Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II Camera Lens at f/2.8 and Canon XTi piggybacked on a C8. Exposure was 18x300 sec @ ISO 800 guided on comet nucleus + 20 x 30 sec guided on stars.

Dave Dockery,
Near Upham, NM.
Feb. 22, 2009
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Captured on Feb 22, 12:20-1:00AM MST near Upham, NM. The comet measures ~4.5 degrees from tail to tail in this inverted image.

more images: from Mike Broussard of Maurice, Louisiana; from Fabio Pignata of Colma di Sormano (CO), Italy; from Alex Roca of Hortoneda, Lleida, Spain; from Eric Walker of Conon Bridge, Highlands, Scotland; from Robert Sean Davies of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada; from Alan Simpson of Renfrew, Scotland; from Pablo Loera of Sonora, Mexico; from Domenico Licchelli of R.P.Feynman Observatory, Gagliano del Capo, Italy; from Ed Sunder of Flintstone, Georgia; from Chuck Hunt of Congress, Ohio; from Alan C Tough of Elgin, Moray, Scotland, UK

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