Goodbye Lovejoy: Comet Bids the Earth Adieu for the Next 8000 Years

January 25, 2015 10:59 AM

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After witnessing a memorable sky spectacle, astronomers now have to finally say: goodbye Lovejoy. Saturday night was the last time when sky-watching enthusiasts had the opportunity (and privilege) to witness Comet Lovejoy with the naked eye. For the following 8,000 years, this will no longer be the case.

Observatories everywhere encouraged visitors to join them in searching for the comet on Saturday night. Comet Lovejoy is unique because of its curiously green and fuzzy light, which sets it apart from all other comets. The “fuzzy little cotton ball of light that differs from the stars,” as the LA Gr...

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