This image of Comet Lovejoy was photographed by Dan Burbank aboard the ISS (Credit: NASA/Dan Burbank)

Comet Lovejoy is easily the most accessible comet in recent history. Over the last year, astrophotographers from near and far, along with astronauts working on the ISS (see above), have managed to capture many stunning images of it. 

While the video below, which was put together by Steve Siedentop, might not be in high-definition, it’s still rather mesmerizing; it essentially maps the comet’s movements as it travels across our sky through the Taurus constellation. 

Siedentop’s video is a composite that combines around 100 separate images taken of LoveJoy, all taken in the backyard of his Grayson, Georgia, home on the 10th of January over the course of 2 hours. 

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Pretty neat that something so small and far away can make such a spectacle of itself, right? It’s all the more unbelievable given the decidedly unsophisticated equipment he used: just a standard SLR camera and tripod.

As for Lovejoy itself, it has a hot date with the Sun, so its days might be numbered. Therefore, if you plan on seeing it for yourself — and now is the best time to do so — the sooner the better. Of course, it survived near certain death once before, so it might wind up being the comet with 9 lives after all.


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