6. 1. 2015, 20:40 - 20:53 UT

This image shows a disconnection in the plasma tail of C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy comet. The comet was 1.34 AU far from the Sun but only 0.47 AU far from the Earth - close to the nearest point. The movement of the comet in the sky was very fast - 7.6 arcsec/min. The change of comet's plasma tail during 2 hours is shown this pair of images.
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Date6. 1. 2015
Time20:40 - 20:53 UT
PlaceMontlaux, Southern France
CoordinateN 44° 02' 41.91", E 5° 50' 50.36", altitude 580 m
ConditionsClear sky
OpticsCelestron 11" f/2,22 RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph, F=620mm
CameraSony Alpha 7s
Exposure12 × 30 s, ISO 3200
ProcessingMiloslav Druckmüller
Copyright© 2015 Peter Aniol, Miloslav Druckmüller

Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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