Prepare to be blown away by this picture of comet Lovejoy

March 2, 2015 9:51 AM

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Prepare to be blown away by this picture of comet Lovejoy

What happens when you take a camera that was designed to see things as far as 8 billion light-years away and point it at an object that’s a mere 51 million miles away? You get this amazing picture of comet Lovejoy.

The stunning image below is a composite of 62 pictures taken with the Dark Energy Camera, known to its astronomer friends as DECam. The 570-megapixel camera sits nearly 1.5 miles up in the Andes Mountains, at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. From its lofty perch, it is scanning the night ski...

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