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The Lovejoy comet

mxim Video: Cometa C2014 Q2 Lovejoycaptured from Ibiza on 2015, 8- 25 January, by the Agrupaci Astronmica d'Eivissa (AAE) using the Telescopio de Cala d'Hort (TCH).
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Characteristics

The comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was discovered on August 17th 2014 by Terry Lovejoy

  • Origin on the Oort cloud
  • Stable orbit, highly inclined with respect to the ecliptic.
  • Revolution period of 8000 years.
  • Perigee (closest approach to Earth): 7 January, 70 million km from Earth (182 times the Earth-Moon distance).
  • Perihelion (closest approach to the Sun): 30 January 2015, 193 million km from the Sun (Earth orbits 150 million km).

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Time-lapses of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) observed on 2015 January 13-14-15 from Teide Observatory.

News

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Lovejoy magnificent, 22 January 2015,
Comet Lovejoy is still on the way to the perihelion of its orbit, which will take place on 30 January. Although at this time is moving away from Earth, it continues being an object visible to the naked eye (magnitude around 4) due its high activity.

From an astronomical perspective these days we are living the most spectacular moments that the comet can offer. Moving from state of hibernation to a frenetic activity due to increased solar radiation. This activity is visible on its comma and on the tail. + info: Article "cometa Lovejoy" from Miquel Serra Ricart, IAC astrophysicist on the blog Va Lctea s/n.

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Comet Lovejoy brightens, 28 December,
Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) has been a naked-eye object for the observers from the Southern Hemisphere. In recent days has been seen from southerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. And soon, it’ll be high in Northern Hemisphere skies!

The path of the comet can be seen in the map

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