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15th of February 2015
Comet Lovejoy over the Parkes Dish
by John Sarkissian (CASS)
This beautiful picture of Comet Lovejoy was taken by CSIRO's Parkes staff member John Sarkissian when it was visible above the illuminated 64-m Parkes Telescope on the 28th of December 2011. The comet, official known as C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) was discovered on the 27th of November 2011 by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. His new find, C/2014 Q2, discovered on the 17th of August 2014, is currently visible in the sky. Comet Lovejoy's complex ion tail recently featured on APOD.

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