n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Comet Lovejoy, the Great Christmas Comet of 2011 : observers page




Designated C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy), it was discovered on 27 November 2011 by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy of Thornlands, Queensland, during a comet survey using a 20 cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, fitted with a CCD camera. He described the comet as "a rapidly moving fuzzy object" of 13th magnitude. After confirmation by the Mount John University Observatory in New Zealand, Comet Lovejoy was formally announced on 2 December 2011, exactly on the 16th anniversary of the SOHO satellite's launch.


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