Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy
Comet Lovejoy Reappears After Losing its Tail Behind the Sun
Image Credit: Alex Cherney, TWAN

Comet Lovejoy lost its tail while passing behind the Sun on 15 December 2011, but reappeared and has grown a new tail. Such a close encounter was likely to destroy the comet, astronomers had thought.

The comet, known as C/2011 W3, was discovered by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy of Brisbane, Australia.

It is visible in the predawn sky in the Southern Hemisphere.