Or to put it more accurately; the blob in outer space.
I realise that this is a terrible photograph of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy); the faint blur lines are star tracks created during a six-seconds exposure, noise comes from using iso 6400, but that’s what you get taking what I call a ‘quick and dirty’ shot. However, the blobby-ness is completely natural. Created as more and more gases evaporate off as this comet gets ever closer to the sun, whizzing along at around 15 miles per second (87 000 Km/hr).
Ideally, instead of using a DSLR with a 500mm lens and 1.4 multiplier (and then cropping it some) a picture like this would be taken with a DSLR fitted to an astronomical telescope, mounted on a tripod with a computer controlled star-tracking head. That’s rather too specialised for me, but I’m happy to have a bit of fun with what I’ve got.
To be honest, I’m just pleased to have actually seen it.
If you want to see a ‘real’ photograph of this comet then click here.
This comet is currently at about its brightest and can be seen with the naked eye, but I find using binoculars a great help. If you want to try and see it for yourself, here is a guide of where to look.