Comet Lovejoy Streaks Past Desert Telescope

On December 22, Guillaume Blanchard of the European Southern Observatory captured one amazing image that features two impressive objects together: comet Lovejoy and ESO’s Telescope, located in the Atacama Desert in Chile. It’s an amazing once in a lifetime image.

The comet was discovered on November 27 by astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Due to the fact that it passes in such close proximity to our sun, it is classified as a Kreutz sungrazer. It should have suffered a fiery death two weeks ago when it passed within 140,000 kilometers of the sun’s surface, but somehow it survived.

The comet should be visible from the southern hemisphere for the next month if you want to see it, but after that it is gone and won’t be back for 314 years.

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