Comet Lovejoy seen here shortly before sunrise this month in the skies above the Paranal Observatory in Chile with the Large and Small Clouds of Magellan (Magellanic Clouds) visible. Comet Lovejoy narrowly survived its very close encounter with the Sun earlier this month. This was the Dec. 28, 2011 APOD.
I plan to have a new entry posted tomorrow with a bit of an end-of-year recap. It was a strange and eventful sort of year in which things may have finally set out in a new and better direction. Or not.