Although it was cloudy and we only would only see an eclipse of 60%, is was worth looking for. As it turned out the clouds worked to an advantage. They acted as a filter and the lens filter was not required 🙂
Comet Lovejoy as seen from The Angle, NSW on the mornings of the 24th and 25th of December 2011. Follow the linked images to see the full set including images were a flyby of the International Space Station has been included.
Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) is a periodic comet, discovered on November 27th 2011, by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.
The comet’s path took it through the Sun’s corona on December 16th 2011 and it passed approximately 140,000 kms above the Sun’s surface. It was not expected to survive the encounter, but Sun-monitoring spacecraft, observed the comet emerge from the corona intact
The comet nucleus of Lovejoy is estimated to be as much as 500m before the passage through the corona of the sun. At its brightest the comet had an apparent magnitude of around –4 (about as bright as the planet Venus). It is the brightest comet to appear since Comet McNaught of 2007, which shone at visual magnitude –5.5.
After much work, pandabear-ing, other projects, etc, I have finally finished and published my photo-book of the floods in the Smiths Road area in 2010. Please see below for a preview and if you like it, purchase from the link on the bottom of the preview.