An Easy to view Comet for the North Hemisphere
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) using binoculars or a small
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
|Discovered by||Terry Lovejoy
0.2-m Schmidt (Q80)
|Discovery date||17 August 2014|
|Orbital characteristics A|
|Epoch||18 January 2015|
|Perihelion||1.29077 AU (q)|
|Orbital period||~11500 years inbound (Barycentric solution for epoch 1950)
~8000 years outbound
(Barycentric solution for epoch 2050)
|Next perihelion||30 January 2015|
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy using a 0.2-meter (8 in) Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope. It was discovered at apparent magnitude 15 in the southern constellation of Puppis. It is the fifth comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy.
By December 2014 the comet had brightened to roughly magnitude 7.4, making it a small telescope and binoculars target. By mid-December the comet was visible to the naked eye for experienced observers with dark skies and keen eyesight. On 28−29 December 2014, the comet passed 1/3° from globular cluster Messier 79. In January 2015 it will brighten to roughly magnitude 4−5, and will be one of the brightest comets located high in a dark sky in years. On 7 January 2015 the comet will pass 0.469 AU (70,200,000 km; 43,600,000 mi) from Earth. It crosses the celestial equator on 9 January 2015 becoming better seen from the northern hemisphere. The comet will come to perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) on 30 January 2015 at a distance of 1.29 AU from the Sun.
Before entering the planetary region (epoch 1950), C/2014 Q2 had an orbital period of about 11500 years. After leaving the planetary region (epoch 2050), it will have an orbital period of about 8000 years.
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