Christmas comet Lovejoy

Good Christmas gift for this year all lovers of astronomical observations . New for 2015, the comet called Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 will reach visible magnitude, making it visible to the naked eye.

Comet Lovejoy was discovered on 17 August 2014 in Australia through a 0.2-metre telescope, the Schmidt — Cassegrain. It became a discoverer Terry Lovejoy, who has already delighted us with the discovery and became famous because of this. As always, the comet was named in his honor. The comet was first recorded in Terry in the southern constellation the Poop.

7 January 2015 the comet will pass within 0,469 and.e. from the Earth. It crosses the celestial equator 9 January 2015, becoming the object for observation from the Northern hemisphere, and January 30 of 2015 will reach perihelion. The distance of the comet to the Sun at this point will be of 1.29.e. First C/2014 Q2 will move through the constellation of the Dove, and after go into the constellation of the Hare. Astronomers will be able to see from the beginning of the observations (late December)close enough to the horizon to the South. And in January 2015 it is expected that its magnitude close to 6. By this time the comet had moved into the constellation of Eridanus.

It is worth noting that until the occurrence of the comet C/2014 Q2 in planetarnykh its orbital period was about thirteen and a half thousand years. From the moment when this heavenly object will go beyond the planetary region, the predicted orbital period may last 9 thousand years.

Astronomers say that the inclination of its orbit is extremely high and is approximately 80 degrees, so the comet is moving almost at right angles to the plane of the Ecliptic. But due to insufficient observation time, scientists cannot precisely tell about all the characteristics of its orbit.

To date, the comet was withdrawn only a few powerful telescopes, Photos of which were presented above. And there are several exemplary graphs of its motion in December and January:

Now no one with an accuracy can not say what will be the maximum magnitude of the comet and how many millennia it will be back to the Sun. We can only wait, poised telescopes, binoculars and other astronomical devices to see everything with your own eyes. All good observations!

And once again, the comet is hidden from our eyes, I’ll try to create a three-dimensional overview of the observations, where to put the most beautiful and memorable images Lovgoi from different parts of the world.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is now in the constellation Taurus, its an approach the value of 4.96 m. Comet Lovejoy is rapidly being removed from our Land. Now the comet is from us at a distance of approximately 0.495 astronomical unit = 74052000 km.

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