Lovejoy Comet Photographed In Chile
Astronomers in Chile captured new photos of a stunning comet Lovejoy that survived a recent brush with the Sun. They have made magnificent photos just before sunrise on Christmas.
No it is not a famous Star from Bethlehem, even it was visible close to Christmas eve, it’s the comet, Lovejoy that dazzled astronomer Gabriel Brammer who made this magnificent photo.
The Brammer took photos in Observatory in Chile’s high Atacama Desert.
He is an astronomer who works as a support for European Southern Observatory and his photos of the comet Lovehoy show it rising before the Sun, like the Paranal astronomers projected a laser beam to guide the star into the sky. On these photos Moon is laso visible in the images.
“On the last morning of my shift I tried to try catching it on camera before sunrise. The tail of the comet was easily visible with the naked eye, and the combination of the crescent moon, comet, Milky Way and the laser guide star was nearly as impressive to the naked eye as it appears in the long-exposure photos.” Brammer said in a statement.
Photographing the comet Lovehoy’s appearance over Chile wasn’t ans exclusive success of the astronomer Gabriel Brammer. His fellow from European Southern Observatory, who works as an optician, Guillaume Blanchard captured a stunning wide angle photo.
“For me, this comet is a Christmas present to the people who will stay at Paranal over Christmas,” said Guillaume Blanchard.
Also Yuri Beletsky made another Photograph of Lovejoy, just rising on the sky above Santiago de Chile.
“With this spectacular sequence of the 2011 Christmas Comet Lovejoy, ESO would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” the observatory’s staff says in today’s image advisory.