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Bateson Observatory: Photo of Comet Lovejoy

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Dr. Bateson's astrophoto of comet Lovejoy at the point in its journey closest to the Earth.

Dr. Bateson’s astrophoto of comet Lovejoy at the point in its journey closest to the Earth.

batesonobservatoryDr. Bateson files this cool photo of comet Lovejoy’s closest approach to Earth taken from his observatory south of Susanville last Wednesday evening.

Bateson shot the 30-second exposure with his Nikon D-7000 through a 12-inch Ritchey Chretien telescope astrograph as the comet made its closest approach to earth on its way in a large turn around the sun at perihelion.

“I took 5 30-second shots and you can easily see it move in relation to the background stars,” said Bateson. “Difficult to find and photograph, it was not at its projected coordinates. Had to photograph it before the moon came up.”

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