Oops! In a happy accident, Comet Lovejoy just happened to be in the field of view of the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, the world's most powerful digital camera. One member of the observing team said it was a "shock" to see the comet pop up on the display in the control room.
"It reminds us that before we can look out beyond our galaxy to the far reaches of the Universe, we need to watch out for celestial objects that are much closer to home!" the team wrote on the Dark Energy Detectives blog.