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Comet Lulin C2007 N3

 Comet Lulin C2007 N3 by Thomas Kerns of Beluga Lake Observaory

Object: Comet Lulin C2007 N3
Description Comet Lulin C/2007 N3 was jointly discovered by Asian astronomers in July of 2007. Quanzhi Ye from China first saw the comet on images obtained by Chi-Sheng Lin from Taiwan, at the Lu-lin Observatory.

It will pass the closest to earth (0.41 AU) on Feb 24, 2009. The green atmosphere (coma) is roughly three times the size of the planet Jupiter. It boasts a large dust tail pointing away from the sun, and a similarly bright ion tail pointing tward the sun.
This image was taken from Homer Alaska on Feb 21, 2009
Scope Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens @f/3.5
Camera Canon 40D
Filters none
Mount Losmandy G11
Guiding ST2000xcm through a Zenithstar 80 II ED
54 minutes total exposure time (18x2min)



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