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We Meet Again

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Tuesday, March 31, 2015: On January 30, 2015, NEOWISE spacecraft spotted comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) for a second time, as the space-traveling object came closest to our sun in its 14,000-year orbit, at a solar distance of 120 million miles (193 million km.). NEOWISE visually recorded the comet over 20 times during its perihelion passage in late January 2015, from a distance of 70 million miles (112 million kilometers). The blue tail, consisting mainly of ionized particles and small dust, stretches away in the anti-sunward direction.

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