Comet Lulin

Comet Lulin

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Credit: SWIFT/UNIV. OF LEICESTER/DSS (STSCI, AURUA)/BODEWITS ET AL/NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Comet Lulin. Composite image of comet Lulin passing through the constellation Libra. The Lulin image was taken by the ultraviolet/optical telescope (blue and green areas) and the X-ray telescope (red areas) on NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Explorer satellite. Unusually Lulin orbits the Sun in a clockwise direction, unlike the planets and most other bodies. The background star field is a Digital Sky Survey image. Both images were taken on 28th January 2009.

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Keywords: 21st century, 28 january 2009, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, c/2007 n3, clockwise, coma, comet, cometary, composite, constellation, digital sky survey, gamma ray, libra, lulin, non periodic, non-periodic, optical, satellite, satellite image, solar system, space, star, star field, swift gamma-ray explorer, telescope, ultraviolet, uv, x-ray, xray

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