Comet Lulin Photo Gallery

Summary:  Following its close encounter with Earth on Feb. 24th, Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) is moving away and slowly dimming. [full story] [ephemeris] [3D orbit] [finder charts: Jan.11-Feb.20, Feb.20-Mar.21]

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VISUAL REPORTS: "Comet Lulin is an easy target even in a big city like Sao Paulo," reports Brazilian observer William Souza on Feb. 27th. "This morning I was able to observe a tail about 1/2-degree long using a pair of 20x80 binoculars, and I photographed the comet using my Canon 350D--no telescope required."

"Even though all the hype around Comet Lulin dealt with its passing by Saturn on Feb. 24th, the comet is still cruising through Leo and has developed a very 'cometesque' tail. It makes a lovely subject for photography," reports Jeff Greenwald of Laramie, Wyoming. "I took this picture on Feb. 27th through a gap in the clouds. It is a 2-minute exposure from my Canon 20D set at ISO 800."

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

P-M Hedén,
Ĺlbo, Sweden
Feb. 27, 2009
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Wow, what a beautiful sight it was seeing comet Lulin from a dark sight. The view through the telescope was great and together with Regulus created they made a lovely celestial pair. And before that I witness Venus through a snowfall and a setting crescent moon, a fantastic night a night to remember. WO66, Canon 450D, 20mm Sigma, Canon Digital Rebel XT.

Quanzhi Ye,
Picun Village, Guangdong, China
Feb. 24, 2009
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My friends of Guangdong Southern Cross Star Association and I went to a remote village for a good view of Comet Lulin on Feb. 24 and took this photo (I was on the left). Full story (in English) of this compaign may be read at

Alessandro Dimai,
Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy)
Feb. 28, 2009
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Wonderful sight of comet Lulin C/2007N3 and Regulus (Alfa Leonis) in the same field. Left of the bright star is clearly visible the dwarf galaxy named "Leo A".

Paul Mortfield,
Sierra Remote Observatories, California
Feb. 27, 2009
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Feb 27, 2009 at approx 11:50UT, California. Was interesting to see how the ion tail has changed sides from our Earth bound vantage point and is now visible on the same side as the dust tail. The image shows a bit of the ion tail appearing to the right of the pronounced dust tail. A big difference than several days ago. Perspective is everything, even with comets.

Becky Ramotowski,
Tijeras, New Mexico
Feb. 27, 2009

Comet Lulin has been a great show off lately. This image is from February 27 as is zoomed by Regulus. The color difference of the the comet and the star are quite striking. Nikon D70

John Nassr,
Baguio, Philippines
Feb. 27, 2009
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An ion tail might be emerging in line and below the anti tail

Marco Casonato,
Genoa, Italy
Feb. 24, 2009

Comet Lulin coma analysis Nikon D300 Williams Optics Megrez 110 ED 19 x 60" @ 1000 ISO

more images: from Daniele Cipollina of Arquata Scrivia (AL) - Italy; from Rolando Ligustri using a remotely-controlled telescope in New Mexico; from Ginger Mayfield of Divide, Colorado; from Pedro Re of central Portugal; from Eric Walker of Brechin, Angus, Scotland; from Markus Weber and Eva Seidenfaden of Trier, Germany;

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