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C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

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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. 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. It will return in approximately 11000 years.

Object Information

Name C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Type Comet
Constellation Aries

Acquisition / Processing

Exposure 22 x 150 sec Luminance.
Telescope AP 160 @ f7.7
Camera SBIG STT-8300
Camera Temp -50ºC
Guiding SBIG SG4 / AP 105
Mount AP 900GTO
Filters Astrodon-Gen 2 LRGB
Processing Comet image and star field image layered in PhotoShop. Additional processing Lightroom.
Location San Pedro Creek, NM
Date January 16, 2015

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