Where is it in the sky comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy? A star chart
Now that comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is finally coming to visit us, here under the northern stars, a lot of curious people are preparing for look at this comet, perfectly synchronized with the Christmas Season.
Those really willing to enjoy it need to know at least one thing: the position of the comet in the sky. While we have good reasons to hope that the comet will be visible by naked eyes from dark-sky places, for sure we have to know where to look. A pair of binoculars should suffice to show the comet!
Above is a useful star chart I made to help you in this task. The position of the comet is marked day after day, at 00:00 Universal Time. As you can see, the comet will move faster around the 7th of Jan. 2015, when it will be at its minimum distance (about 70 millions of km) from our planet. The bright Moon, around that very same day, can be a issue, so try to observe while the Moon is low, that is early on the evening. Later in Jan, the Moon will move away.
The chart was made with TheSkyX Professional, a software created by Software Bisque, a technological partner of the Virtual Telescope Project.
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