Here is my first image of Comet Lovejoy taken this morning (23/12) at about 4am. This beautiful sungrazer comet took everyone by surprise when it survived it's close encounter with the sun and is now putting on quite the show for people in the Southern Hemisphere. I'm sure I will be imaging this many, many, many times over the coming weeks. I have some road trips planned to seek out interesting locations for this great sky display. This was just taken from near my house. The bright spot close to the horizon to the left of the comet is a very thin crescent moon. The Southern Cross (Crux constellation) is at the top centre of the frame (turn your head on it's side to your left).
The name of this comet is rather apt I think. I love astronomy/astrophotography, and I have such joy that this large spectacular naked eye comet has come my way. Comets like this are fairly rare. You might only see 1 or 2 every ten years or so.
Stay tuned for further pics of this stunner as I do them. No sleep for me for a while........

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