C/2007 E2 (Lovejoy)

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C/2007 E2 (Lovejoy)
C2007 E2 Lovejoy.jpg
Comet C/2007 E2 (Lovejoy) discovery frame
Discovered byTerry Lovejoy
Discovery date15 March 2007
Orbital characteristics A
(10 May 2007)
Aphelion2850 AU
Perihelion1.09294 AU
Semi-major axis1426 AU
Orbital period~22972 a (epoch 2050)[1]
Last perihelion27 March 2007
Next perihelionunknown

C/2007 E2 (Lovejoy) is a non-periodic comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy on 15 March 2007. Its perihelion was 27 March 2007, while its closest approach to Earth was 25 April 2007 in Hercules at a distance of 0.44 AU. Maximum apparent magnitude was approximately +8.[2]

The discovery was made using a Canon EOS 350D consumer grade digital camera, and not a CCD survey camera.[3]

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  1. ^ Horizons output. "Barycentric Osculating Orbital Elements for Comet C/2007 E2 (Lovejoy)". Retrieved 16 September 2013. Solution uses the Solar System barycenter and barycentric coordinates (select Ephemeris Type:Elements and Center:@0)
  2. ^ Yoshida, Seiichi. "C/2007 E2 ( Lovejoy )". Aerith.net.
  3. ^ Drummond, John. "Comet 2007 E2 (Lovejoy) - Photos and Observations". Possum Observatory. Archived from the original on 29 March 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2007.

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