Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy

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Credit: LUIS ARGERICH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Comet Lovejoy. Comets are icy bodies from the outer solar system that boil and form a bright tail of gas and dust as they approach the Sun. Comet Lovejoy reached its closest approach to the Sun on 16 December 2011. Photographed from Mercedes, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, on 23 December 2011.

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Keywords: 2011, 23 december 2011, argentina, argentinian, astronomical, astronomy, buenos aires province, closest approach, comet, comet c/2013 r1, comet lovejoy, cometary, dawn, december, dust tail, early morning, gas tail, ion tail, latin america, mercedes, night sky, orange glow, perihelion, silhouette, silhouetted, skyline, solar system, south america, south american, southern hemisphere, space, sunrise, tail

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