Comet to be seen

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) has been discovered by Terry Lovejoy on August, 17th 2014. He used 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The comet was these days in the southern constellation of Puppis.
In mid December 2014 comet has started to be visible for naked eye observations. Of course – under dark sky. On January, 7th 2015 comet passed 70 mln km from Earth. Two days later it crossed celestial equator and become better seen from northern hemisphere. Comet will comet to perihelion on January, 30th 2015 at a distance of 193mln km. Currently the comet is magnificent – its tail spreads for over 15 degrees. On long exposure pictures it hardly fits 100m lens field of view.

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Clear skies!

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