Today’s the day. Lovejoy is set to be at it’s brightest. The comet C/2014 Q2 aka Lovejoy will be close enough for viewing this 7th January. At a magnitude of +4.1, it’s not quite the brightest object in the sky but it will be visible to the naked eye.
Look at that beauty. Captured by Willie Koorts.
Sadly, us townies don’t really get to see the sky and certainly not as vividly as Willie’s snap above, but 10.30pm offers peak viewing times.
Sky and Telescope have made a neat little diagram showing the expected path of the comet.
This should make it easy to find. NOTE: Clouds not accounted for…
One of the more interesting aspects of the comet is its colour: it appears mint green. Sadly, the trail won’t be as beautiful as the one seen at the top of the page but below is a recent shot of the comet. The naked eye will see something similar.
Comet captured by Chappers88 in Berkshire via Stargazerslounge.com.
It is quite dim. If you have a pair of binoculars, get them out. That zoom can make all the difference.
Comets are always exciting and with a large orbit of around 11500 years, you won’t see this one again!