APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

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APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

Postby APOD Robot » Mon May 06, 2013 4:12 am

Image Tails of Comet Lemmon

Explanation: What caused the interestingly intricate tails that Comet Lemmon displayed earlier this year? First of all, just about every comet that nears the Sun displays two tails: a dust tail and an ion tail. Comet Lemmon's dust tail, visible above and around the comet nucleus in off-white, is produced by sun-light reflecting dust shed by the comet's heated nucleus. Flowing and more sculptured, however, is C/2012 F6 (Lemmon)'s blue ion tail, created by the solar wind pushing ions expelled by the nucleus away from the Sun. Also of note is the coma seen surrounding Comet Lemmon's nucleus, tinted green by atomic carbon gas fluorescing in sunlight. The above image was taken from the dark skies of Namibia in mid-April. Comet Lemmon is fading as it now heads back to the outer Solar System.

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Re: APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

Postby Beyond » Mon May 06, 2013 4:31 am

Time to get some more Lemmon Comet.
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Re: APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

Postby Ann » Mon May 06, 2013 4:39 am

That's funny, Beyond! I like the ape! :lol2:

It's a pretty comet, too. I mean the blue and green one that's not in a plastic bottle or a metal can! :mrgreen:

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Re: APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

Postby Beyond » Mon May 06, 2013 4:47 am

Ann wrote:That's funny, Beyond! I like the ape! :lol2:

It's a pretty comet, too. I mean the blue and green one that's not in a plastic bottle or a metal can! :mrgreen:

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Yeah, i know. But now that it's leaving, i just couldn't resist a little 'monkeying' around. :lol2:
Oh, the can isn't metal. It's like rolled cardboard or paper.
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Re: APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

Postby LocalColor » Mon May 06, 2013 5:14 pm

Beautiful photo! Thank you Gerald Rhemann.

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Re: APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

Postby Boomer12k » Mon May 06, 2013 9:32 pm

Run away, Comet!!!! The SUN is gonna getchya!!!!

Nice Picture. Too bad we're DOOMED!!!

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Re: APOD: Tails of Comet Lemmon (2013 May 06)

Postby Boomer12k » Mon May 06, 2013 9:34 pm

And with Meringue, we could make a PIE... :lol2:


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