COMET - C/2007 N3 Lulin
Epoch: December 6, 2008
Aphelion: 2400 AU
Perihelion: 1.2122 AU
Semi-major axis: 1200 AU
Orbital period: 42 000
Last perihelion: January 2009
Next perihelion: unknown
N3 Lulin is a non-periodic comet. It reached perigee and a maximum magnitude of 5 in February 2009 at 0.411 AU from Earth (182 million km)
A strange phenomenon occurred with this comet - it lost its tail. This is thought to have been caused by a magnetic disturbance in the solar wind hitting the comet. This has happened before with comet Encke in 2007.
|Comet N3 Lulin (2007)|
Image processing shows in fake colours details of the comet's structure.
|Comet N3 Lulin in false colours|
|Structure and tail of N3 Lulin|
|Comet N3 Lulin - 60m stack|
|1h apparent movement of N3 Lulin|