C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) reaches its brightest

2015 Jan 10

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is forecast to reach its brightest, at around mag 4.4. It will lie at a distance of 1.33 AU from the Sun, and at a distance of 0.47 AU from the Earth.

From London (click to change), it will be visible in the evening sky. It will become visible at around 17:37 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:43, 41° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:57, when it sinks to 19° above your western horizon.

For more information about its path across the sky, see In-The-Sky.org’s ephemeris page for comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy).

The exact position of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 04h02m50s +02°37′ Taurus 4.4

The coordinates are given in J2000.0.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org