21 December 2014

Signs In Heavens: Bright Comet Lovejoy Set to Light Up Christmas & the N...

Signs In Heavens: Bright Comet Lovejoy Set to Light Up Christmas & the New Year



CHRISTMAS COMET: A small telescope is all you need to see Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2). http://spaceweather.com/

Discovered just a few months ago by Terry Lovejoy in Australia, the green comet is brightening to naked-eye visibility as it moves into northern skies this holiday season.

It is brightening faster than experts predicted.
Originally the comet was supposed to reach naked-eye visibility in January or February 2015. It may be crossing that threshold now. Reports from the southern hemisphere put the brightness of the comet at magnitude +6.0, similar to the dimmest stars the human eye can see.

On the nights around Christmas, "Comet Q2," as some are calling it, will glide just south of Sirius, the Dog Star. These finder charts from Sky and Telescope can help you find it.
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/binocular-comet-lovejoy-heading-c2014-q2-lovejoy-1211142/

Ephemeris for Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
http://in-the-sky.org/cometephem.php

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