Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy, or the great christmas comet of 2011, is so far alluding me.

Great images and observing reports are coming in from around NZ and Australia, but to my frustration I have yet to catch a glipmse.  Early morning wake-ups culminated in hourly alarms from 2am this morning, olnly to be denied by cloud.  The west and north were almost always clear, and my view from the window in my bedroom is facing west, each alarm gave me hope with a clear sky out of the window!!

And now we have an ex-tropical cyclone heading south from the coral sea, the next few days might also be in vain.  With reports of the tail being circumpolar now, and the head up by 2am tonight, we'll keep persisting. But with each night the comet brightness dims as it moves away from the sun and back to it's cold normality.

Keep looking up.  
27/12/2011 9:19 AM

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