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C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy / M79

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C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy. It was discovered at apparent magnitude 15 in the southern constellation of Puppis. By December 2014 the comet had brightened to roughly magnitude 7.4, making it a small telescope and binoculars target. By mid-December the comet was visible to the naked eye for experienced observers with dark skies and keen eyesight] On 28−29 December 2014, the comet will pass 1/3° from globular cluster Messier 79. In January 2015 it will brighten to roughly magnitude 4−5, and will be one of the brightest comets located high in a dark sky in years. On 7 January 2015 the comet will pass 0.469 AU (70,200,000 km; 43,600,000 mi) from Earth. It crosses the celestial equator on 9 January 2015 becoming better seen from the northern hemisphere. The comet will come to perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) on 30 January 2015 at a distance of 1.29 AU from the Sun.[

Object Information

Name C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy / M79
Type Comet and Globular Cluster
Constellation Lepus

Acquisition / Processing

Exposure 1 x 5 min L.
Telescope AP 160 @ f7.7
Camera SBIG STT-8300
Camera Temp -55ºC
Guiding SBIG SG4 / Baader
Mount AP 900GTO
Filters Astrodon-Gen 2 LRGB
Location San Pedro Creek, NM
Date December 28, 2014

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