02
JUN
2015

Comet Lovejoy Q2 Buzzes the Little Dipper in June 2015

June 2015 sees Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 continue to defy its brightness predictions. The comet is now at a distance that is almost 2.5 times further away from us than the sun, and it is hurtling ever deeper into space at more than 600,000 kms per day. Yet, despite its enormous distance
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03
MAR
2015

Find Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 in Cassiopeia this March

March 2015 sees Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 play amongst the stars of Cassiopeia. The comet is now heading out of our solar system at nearly 2 million kilometres per night following its slingshot around the sun. We won’t see this comet again in our lifetimes, so now is the time to s
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07
FEB
2015

Track Green Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 from Andromeda to Cassiopeia

Comet Lovejoy Q2 sketch from the 10-Inch Skywatcher Dobsonian Have you ever seen a green comet? Now is your chance! Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 glows a grey-green colour in binoculars and telescopes during February 2015 as it tracks its way from the constellation of Andromeda and into Cas
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07
JAN
2015

Find Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 in January 2015

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 is now a bright telescope comet in the UK winter sky. Early January 2015 saw Comet Lovejoy Q2 climb up beneath the constellation of Orion. It is now heading higher into the evening sky through the constellation of Taurus and into Andromeda. On January 19th and
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03
DEC
2014

Bright Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 Set to Light Up Christmas & the New Year

Christmas 2014 sees a new bright comet climb into UK skies. Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 is set to blaze a path up from the southern horizon in late December and early January 2015. The comet could be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, and will surely look spectacular in binocula
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01
FEB
2014

Find Comet Lovejoy and Comet Linear in the February Pre-Dawn Sky

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy and Comet C/2012 X1 Linear find themselves gathered in the same part of the pre-dawn sky this February from our Earthly vantage point. We have to look east in the hours before dawn to find both comets. At around magnitude +8.5 at the start of February, neither
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30
DEC
2013

Finding Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) in January 2014

Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) remains a bright telescope comet in January 2014. From the UK it is best seen in the morning sky above the eastern horizon from about 4am until dawn. At the start of the month it is found at the southern end of the constellation of Hercules. Through January i
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06
DEC
2013

Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 at 5am on 6 December 2013

A clear sky this morning so up at 5am to view Comet Lovejoy in the morning sky. The comet was easy to find to the upper left of the northern crown – Corona Borealis – in the northeastern sky. Used a 200mm 8-inch dobsonian to view the comet with a 17mm eyepiece, which gave
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28
NOV
2013

How to Find Comet ISON and Comet Lovejoy in December

December 2nd Update: December 2013 could well prove to be the month of the comet – or at least the month for Comet Lovejoy. Despite reports to the contrary, Comet ISON did partially survive its fiery encounter with the Sun on November 28th. As of 2nd December images from the SOH
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09
NOV
2013

C/2013 R1 Lovejoy Now a Bright Telescope Comet in the Eastern Sky

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy is the surprise comet of the autumn. Now at magnitude +5.2 (as of 24 November)  it is an easy catch in binoculars and telescopes in the eastern sky after midnight during November 2013. On November 9th I tracked it down with 16×50 binoculars as a faint elon
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