The Solar System is composed of all the objects gravitationally bound to the Sun,
including the Sun itself. The Solar System is home to a variety of objects such as
the planets, their moons, comets, and asteroids. Despite its large number of
celestial bodies, the Sun comprises 99.9% of the Solar System's mass - a true
giant at the heart of our celestial home! Even so, the Sun is only a mid-sized star.
The 'Comet of the Century' that instead disintegrated in its close approach around the Sun made a nice appearance in our skies while it was still alive!
Captured an hour before dawn, the motion of this comet through space can be seen here in my short video!
What might be 2015's most famous comet, Lovejoy graced the night skies high up and far from the Sun, allowing viewers from all over the world to enjoy the stunning views this comet offered!
From December 2014 until February 2015, this comet was an easy naked-eye object for observers, and visible by cameras long before and after!
A comet that could be seen to have two distinct tails, Comet Catalina could be seen naked eye as it passed between the Earth and Sun!
Now on its way out of the Solar System, this snapshot was taken after it passed by Earth, never to return.