Comet Lovejoy's Massive Ion Tail

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Comet Lovejoy with a bright green nucleus and long white, whispy cometary tail.
A composite image of Comet Lovejoy (image credit: Fritz Helmut Hemmerich)

This image taken by Fritz Helmut Hemmerich captures Comet Lovejoy in all its brilliance. Discovered only in March by Terry Lovejoy, and just finished making its closest approach to the Sun two days ago. Now it's on its long journey back to the outer solar system.

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Comet Lovejoy's Massive Ion Tail
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