Lulin Moving Away From Earth

cometComet Lulin is now moving away from Earth, but is still bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.  You can find it near Regulus.  Yesterday, we posted that Lulin had lost its colorful ionized gas tail.  Speculation was that a solar wind gust had torn the tail off again.  While solar winds may have affected the tail, watchers are suggesting that the tail may now be partially hidden by the head of the comet as it swings around Earth.  If so, the tail should reappear as the geometry changes. 

For our Kansas readers, Doug Zubenel posted some photography of Comet Lulin on taken in Linn County, Kansas.  You may view what the KAMS Blog thinks are his best shots here and here.

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