The comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

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From Ashburn (click to change), C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 21:49 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 48° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:26, 55° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 03:35, when it sinks to 25° above your western horizon.

Name C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Object Type Comet
Current Position
Magnitude:16.31 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:17h52m [1]
Declination:+04°32' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:488.25 AU
Longitude ascending node:95.03°
Argument of perihelion:12.40°
Epoch of elements:06 July 2018
Mean Anomaly at epoch:0.11°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.29 AU
Aphelion:975.20 AU
Orbital period:10788.42 years
Additional sources

Magnitudes estimates are derived from observations sent into the BAA Comet Section, as compiled by Jonathan Shanklin and last updated on 1 March 2016. 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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