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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 continues to brighten as it makes its way north in our January skies. The comet is quite east to view in binoculars and as the month of January continues, the comet will race into Taurus, Aries and into the star fields of the Milky Way, in Perseus.

Now is a great time to view the comet, as moonlight will not hamper your observations. The comet is around +3.8 in magnitude…making it quite easy to see in a pair or binoculars. Some naked eye reports are coming in, as well!

Digital camera images reveal a vast tail, some 8 to 10 degrees in length behind the comet. The image above shows a lot of detail that the eye can

not see.

Showing the comet to friends, is a great exercise, as this comet will not return to the vicinity of the Earth for some 8,000 years. It is a true Oort

Cloud comet, as it has a really high inclination to the orbit of the Earth

and is slicing it, as it heads northward in the sky.

Here are the latest links to help find and enjoy the comet.

Links:

earthsky.org/space/watch-for-comet-lovejoy

 

Ephemeris To Find The Comet:

 

in-the-sky.org/cometephem.php