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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) over Tucson

Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) got all the press in the last month as it skimmed over the surface of the Sun on Thanksgiving, but all the while, comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy was lurking in the morning skies just minding its own business.  It's been a naked eye comet for more than a month, though it won't blow your eyeballs out and you'll probably need binocs to be sure you saw it.  This image was taken from Kitt Peak with my new Canon EOS 70D with my trusty old Sigma 24mm f/1.8 lens set to f/1.8 at ISO 1600 with a 20 second exposure.  Tucson lights up the sky rather brightly and you can see it at the bottom behind the mountains that are silhouetted against it.  At the top near the center of the image is comet Lovejoy - a small greenish coma with a faint tail pointing up and to the left.  You can also spot the constellation Hercules just above Tucson a little left of center and if you know where to look, you can even see Globular Cluster M-13.

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