Comet Lovejoy Update: Dec13, 2011

Yesterday we had reported Significant Comet Plunges Toward The Sun

Update: The comet will enter LASCO C3 on the 14th at the very lower-left edge of the field of view. They predict it will be around mag 5 or 6 at this time. They also are unable to squeeze any more images out of LASCO than they already do, simply because it uses early 1980’s computer technology and just can’t do things all that fast. So this means the standard 5 images per hour.

What they can do, however, is use different exposure times and filters to capture as much science as they possibly can. Finally, the rarely-mentioned UVCS instrument on SOHO has the ability to point itself at a the track of the comet and get some observations.

This has happened before with great success and so that’s what they’ll be shooting for again. Stay tuned for more updates!

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6 responses to “Comet Lovejoy Update: Dec13, 2011

  1. Here you can see it on STEREO:
    This looks normal:

    but what is going on here, anybody an idea?:

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  2. Update…it becomes more strange now:
    Thats seen already wz Comet NEAT also, here the Lasco C3 Pic from SOHO:

    but now it becomes more interessting, what is this for an object at the 2 o clock position?:

    and here it maybe the same object?

    and what is this for a ring in this picture (it is not a flare or so because it is seen more days in every pic but now it is more clear:

    Nobody

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  3. Here we are Dec 15th s0h0 pictures have big gaps and at this time 1346 cst soho is locked up on 1630ut also big gap bewteen 0930 and 1618 it seems somebody always has to screw with the feed when something is going on..

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  4. Comet Lovejoy survived! http://www.spaceweather.com had a picture after perihelion. niceone.

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  5. Here is another nice soho lasco c3 pic….you can see on this one that the borgs a back in town….just kidding this are pixtelfaults due to nasa…..;)

    @ Dr. Lim Tharkoo Sui
    Did you mean this object at the 3 o clock position?
    here you can see it together wz comet lovejoy:

    Here it is alone but it looks strange because it goes away from the sun but it looks that it goes to the sun due to strange tail…..strange:

    Nobody

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