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Ephemeris for Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

The information on this page is calculated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC). Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 16 April 2015. We use these amateur observations in preference to the MPC's magnitude estimates, since they are updated much more often. Nonetheless, all comets are intrinsically unpredictable objects, and future magnitude estimates must always be taken with a pinch of salt.

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From Newark (change location), C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is visible all night because it is circumpolar. It will be highest in the sky shortly before dawn, when it will be lost to twilight at around 04:57, 32° above your northern horizon. At dusk, it will become visible at around 20:47 (EDT), 29° above your northern horizon.

As of 20 April 2015, C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)'s position is:

Comet nameMagRADecConstellationSeparation
from Sun
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)7.001h27m03s +72°40'48" Cassiopeia61° Fading

The finder charts below are available in either light-on-dark or dark-on-light color schemes. Click on the finder chart to enlarge it, or on the PDF link in the bottom-right corner to view it at the highest resolution.

The planetarium shows how the path of the comet is orientated relative to the horizon in Newark. The time entry controls can be used to rotate the planetarium to show any time of night or day of the year.

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C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)'s orbit

The chart below shows the path of C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) through the solar system, represented by the green line. The green dot shows the comet's present position.

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Week-by-week ephemeris for C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

All times are shown below in Newark time. Hover your mouse pointer over the "Observable" column to see more information about where to look for the comet.

This data is also available in CSV (i.e. spreadsheet) and plain text format for easy pasting into other programs.