Amazing Photo of Green Comet Lovejoy Captured by Dark Energy Camera

March 2, 2015 12:19 PM

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Amazing Photo of Green Comet Lovejoy Captured by Dark Energy Camera

The world's most powerful digital camera caught an amazing glimpse of Comet Lovejoy when it passed in front of the sensitive field of view.

The "accidental observation" of Comet Lovejoy on Dec. 27 shows the comet's nucleus and coma splayed across several frames the camera took. At the time, Lovejoy was 51 million miles (82 million kilometers) from Earth. Ordinarily, the Dark Energy Camera looks at far more distant objects; it can image ...

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