Comet Lovejoy is leaving a magnificent trail of glowing green ice and gas in its wake as it passes over our skies
This breathtaking image offers a rare glimpse of a comet hurtling through space and leaving a magnificent trail of ice and gas in its wake.
Comet Lovejoy is currently shooting north as it passes Earth – and photographers around the world are itching to capture its incredible green glowing tail.
The comet is getting brighter every day making it easier for those in the Northern Hemisphere to spot, and views of the celestial body are expected to be at their best in around a week’s time.
Comet Lovejoy, is currently around 43 million miles from Earth and is thought to be travelling at around 15 miles a second.
The comet, also known as C/2014 Q2, was first spotted by Australian Terry Lovejoy, who has a prolific record among amateur astronomers.