Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2
I braved the cold last night to get an image of comet Lovejoy since it won’t be back for another 8,000 years! This will be this brightest comet in years and I was able to easily see it with binoculars even with my horribly light-polluted skies.
I began capturing images just like any other object – taking multiple long exposures over a lengthy period of time with the intent of combining (stacking) them later into one image. But after stacking, I noticed what looked like multiple ‘cores’ to the comet. I didn’t think that was right, then it finally dawned on me: it’s moving, moron! I guess I didn’t realize comets moved that fast…
These three images were taken over a 17 minute period. It was my first attempt at imaging a comet so give me a little slack ;) Cool surprise for me though!
As an added bonus, when I woke up this morning to write this post, I glanced outside and happened upon a gorgeous sunrise! Lucky for me I was able to snap a picture of it with my phone before the clouds rolled in and turned everything gray again.