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Comet Lovejoy

Lovejoy

Image Credit: Allison McGraw and David Watson

On the night of January 18, 2015 while using one of the Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center telescopes, two of our very talented Public Program Specialists Allison McGraw and David Watson took this image of Comet Lovejoy. Allison and David used a Canon EOS 60D with an ISO-3200 for a 180 second exposure, processed the image in Adobe Photoshop CS6, and captured its very clear ion tail.


Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Sharing the mountaintop site with the National Solar Observatory, KPNO, founded in 1958, operates three major nighttime telescopes and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. (See the Tenant Observatories list.) Kitt Peak is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O'odham Nation and has a Visitor Center open daily to the public.

If you need to contact someone at NOAO but are uncertain of that person's email address, simply send email to "first_inital_last_name_at_noao.edu", i.e., bsmith_at_noao.edu or jdoe_at_noao.edu. A general purpose email account has been set up to answer any questions you have about observing at Kitt Peak and don't know who to ask. Any and all questions you have can be e-mailed to this address: kpno_at_noao.edu and it will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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