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Rare sighting of comet captured on camera above Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

C-2012-K1 comet pictured by John Fletcher of the Mount Tuffley Observatory

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Tuffley astronomer John Fletcher captured a spectacular picture of a comet above Gloucester.

Mr Fletcher, who runs the Mount Tuffley Observatory photographed the C/2012 K1 Panstarrs comet in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The comet was first discovered on May 19, 2012 via a telescope located near the summit of Haleakalā, on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

It is expected to come closest to the earth on August 27 this year.

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Mr Fletcher has sent off his picture to space experts at Harvard University in the USA.

A comet is a small icy solar system which heats up as it passes the sun and emits a gas which is known as the tail.

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  • Apothegm_  |  April 22 2014, 9:22AM

    I think that Jemmy Wood hit the nail on the head when (s)he foretold that the 'naked man' article would be taken down because some wicked person (it may have been me!) had suggested that a local MP might be missing out on a possible publicity stunt. His views in an article about food-banks got a severe pasting by commenters, and, lo and behold, the article magically disappeared.

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 21 2014, 6:59PM

    Talking of rare sightings, does anyone else think that it's really odd that the article about the naked man has been blocked for hours, and yet the accompanying photo is still viewable. I wonder who is. He looks Asian.

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  • Apothegm_  |  April 21 2014, 9:18AM

    Does *anyone* ever proof-read TiG articles before publishing them?

  • GlosAnarchy  |  April 21 2014, 8:36AM

    "A comet is a small icy solar system" Solar System : a collection of planets and their moons in orbit round the sun, together with smaller bodies in the form of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets.

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