While many are anticipating seeing Comet ISON, there’s more in the sky these days than just one comet. There are actually four comets now in the skies in the mornings — in addition to ISON, there’s comets 2013 R1 Lovejoy, 2P/Encke and 2012 X1 LINEAR! Unfortunately, none of these are visible to the naked eye — yet anyway.
Here are some great recent images and video of these comet taken by amateur astrophotographers. Above is Comet Lovejoy, just taken by Justin Ng from Singapore . “Comet Lovejoy will share the same part of the sky as Comet ISON this month and it presents a cool astrophotography opportunity for skywatchers and astronomers,” Justin told Universe Today via email. “This image is a result of stacking 9 images together and each image was captured using a 3 inch telescope at 5 minutes exposure time for about an hour before dawn.”
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A gorgeous shot of Comet Encke by Damian Peach. “The fine narrow ion tail is very nicely defined which has recently developed,” Damian said via email.
Below is Damian’s image of Comet Lovejoy. “Looks as though a disconnection event may have occurred within Lovejoy’s gas tail,” Damian said. “Note the broad fan shaped condensation around half way along the tail.”
Here are two great timelapses of Comet ISON! The first is from Justin Ng from Singapore, taken on October 27:
And this one is from Maik Thomas/NOVAlapse Timelapse Recordings:
A recent look at ISON from Efrain Morales with black & white matched with a negative view:
A nice shot of Comet Lovejoy nearby in the sky to the bright binary star system Procyon in Canus Minor:
If you want to try and see these comets for yourself (good astronomy equipment needed) check out our article on how to see these four morning comets.
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