Christmas Comet Lovejoy caps off a year full of time-lapse videos

December 27, 2011

Comet Lovejoy has only recently been discovered, and it already has a starring role in its own time-lapse video.

Taken on Dec. 22 from the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, the video captures the tail of the the comet — which ESO dubbed a fitting “Christmas present.”


Christmas Comet Lovejoy (ESO/Image from Vimeo)

Comet Lovejoy was discovered Nov. 27 by Terry Lovejoy, an Australian amateur astronomer, the ESO said, and is classified as a Kruetz sungrazer because its orbit takes it very close to the sun. The scientists at ESO say that if it survives it should reappear in the Earth’s skies in 314 years.

Days after it was photographed, the comet is still visible from the Southern hemisphere, with its bright tail of dust particles shining millions of miles long. But if you can’t catch it, you can still witness its beauty in the video below:

Before their was a time-lapse for Comet Lovejoy, there was this video, in which NASA use time-lapse photography to capture Earth as seen from space:

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