On December 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey, researchers snapped a picture of comet Lovejoy. The survey uses the 4-meter Victor M.Blanco Telescope located at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The image was captured using the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, the world’s most powerful digital camera.
Keeping warm? 21/12 marked the start of astronomical winter for the northern hemisphere, meaning long nights and (hopefully) clear, cold skies. But we’ve also got another reason to brave the cold this week, as Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is set to put on a show for northern hemisphere observers.
Take a virtual trip around the Solar System and you’ll come to one conclusion pretty quickly: Earth is odd. One of the most significant oddities about our pale blue dot is the vast quantity of liquid water. Astronomers and other scientists have proposed various arguments for how Earth ended up with huge, stable liquid oceans — and now, thanks to research from the Rosetta probe, we’ve got evidence that one prominent theory may not be correct.
A comet has a lot to hide. To most people, it’s among the most glamorous objects in the solar system—brilliantly illuminated, racing through space with its glowing tail streaming far behind it.
This summer we can see unusual comet which was of little interest until early this year. Now, The astronomers are watching it because, initially, this comet was an asteroid!
The Eta Aquarids can be a spectacular meteor shower. It peaks each year around early May and in the case of this year’s shower, the peak is expected in the morning of May 6, but meteors from this shower can be seen between April 19 and May 28.