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Surprises are possible. The near-parabolic orbit of Comet Lulin suggests this could be the comet's first visit to the inner solar system. How it will react to increasing sunlight is anyone's guess. Stay tuned for updates in the weeks ahead.
Astronomers advised star gazers to make use of the upcoming long Chinese Lunar New Year holidays to appreciate the comet. The object can be seen low in the sky in the east-southeast direction before dawn.
Originally posted by apacheman
reply to post by daz__
While you're looking for Lulin keep an eye out for 1999 AQ10 on February 18th. It'll be passing at .0112 AU then. Along with the delta Leonids.
Kinda makes me nervous to have all this stuff passing so close together in time and space: it's gonna get pretty crowded for a bit. Anyone able to work out the potential interactions?
we were lucky enough to capture an intriguing phenomena: in our images is clearly visible a nice disconnection event (DE) in the plasma tail of the comet (evidenced by a red circle in this rendition). The DE indicates that the comet has recently passed through a disturbance in the magnetic field carried by the solar wind, that destroyed the original plasma tail, creating a new one.