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Observers have another reason to be happy as the new year approaches!

Comet Lovejoy- C/2014 Q2 is now a near naked eye object, for some lucky

observers with dark skies.

The comet is reported to be near naked eye visibility and is easy to spot, with

a pair of binoculars. If your sky is clear on the nights of Dec. 30 the comet

is located in the constellation of Lepus, the Hare, just below Orion!

The comet will them move higher each night and be a great sight, during the first

week of January 2015.

I observed Comet Lovejoy from my Arizona skies, on the night of December 29th

with a pair of 10X42 binoculars. The comet looked very much like a small globular

cluster, greenish in color. No tail was seen, but there is a distinct tail, for those with

dark skies and cameras.

The comet appeared to be around +4.5 in magnitude.

Observers with medium to large sized telescopes are in for a real treat!

Here are a few links, with finder charts for locating Comet Lovejoy.

Happy New Year to all!

Comet Lovejoy Map

 

Links:

www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/

www.space.com/28116-comet-lovejoy-january-2015-skywatching.html

Ephemeris For Telescope Viewers-

in-the-sky.org/cometephem.php

LIVE  Locator-

theskylive.com/

LIVE Locator / Comet Lovejoy / C 2014 Q2-

theskylive.com/c2014q2-tracker

www.photorecon.net