2013 Comet Lovejoy: Captured Image from Subaru Telescope's Suprime-Cam Clearly Show Comet's Tail

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By Jenalyn Villamarin | December 11, 2013 2:18 PM EST

The 2013 Comet Lovejoy makes up for the sky watchers' disappointment on the disintegration of Comet ISON with its remarkable night display. Have a look at the captured image of Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) and its tail in the Los Angeles Times Science report courtesy of the Subaru Telescope's Suprime-Cam.

The Hawaiian-based telescope captured the Comet Lovejoy image showing clearly the ionized plasma filaments found in the comet's tail. "Image of Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) captured by the Subaru Telescope's Suprime-Cam on Tuesday (Hawaii Standard Time). (NAOJ with data processing by Masafumi Yagi (NAOJ))," the caption on the Comet Lovejoy image reads.

Spectators can try to search for Comet Lovejoy in the night sky with the use of binoculars or a small telescope. To best view, sky watchers must find a spot far away from the bright city lights.

The Griffith Park Observatory recommends waking up as early as 5 a.m. PST since it is the best time to observe Comet Lovejoy. Viewers must look at the northeastern sky before sunrise to locate the comet.

According to Tony Flanders of Sky and Telescope magazine, Comet Lovejoy should be just beneath the tail of the Big Dipper. Mr Flanders was able to spot Comet Lovejoy looking like a "fuzzy disk much bigger than a star" with the use of binoculars just four miles from the center of Boston.  

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) declared in the Epoch Times report that the 2013 Comet Lovejoy will be clearly visible in the dark skies of December. The Comet Lovejoy will eventually fade away as it exits the outer solar system in the coming months.

Comet Lovejoy is expected to be closest to the Sun on Sunday, December 22. The comet is expected to survive the solar flyby unlike Comet ISON since it will be close to the orbit of Mercury which is a safe distance from the radiation and gravity of the Sun.   

Comet ISON was not able to survive its closest approach to the Sun last November 28 but NASA scientists continue to keep an eye out for the comet's fragments with the use of several space telescopes. "There is a small chance that a sizeable piece of the comet nucleus is left," NASA stated in an update.

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