Tail length of comet Elenin 3 million km

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  21.08.11.Na images taken avctraliyskim known amateur astronomer, Terry Lovejoy (Terry Lovejoy), opened his comet in 2007, is clearly visible long and thin ion tail stretching almost one degree!

Which corresponds to the length of the tail is more than 3 million miles! Although this is not a record, the sodium tail of comet Hale-Bopp had a length of almost 50 million miles! Let me remind you that the comet Elenin will approach the Earth at a minimum distance of 16 October, after going to the 35 million miles from Earth.

Author: Leonid Elenin

Source: SpaceObs

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