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Constellation of Orion with Comet Lovejoy

The constellation of Orion with the comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy).

The constellation of Orion with the comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy).

The christmas comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is joined here in this photograph with the easily recognised constellation of Orion. Shown in the orientation as viewed in the Southern Hemisphere,the constellation of Orion appears as we often call it as “the saucepan”, up-side-down if considering it to be Orion the hunter.

In the constellation of Orion within the photograph you can see:

  • Barnard’s Loop – the faint pink/red nebulosity surrounding Orion to the right in an arc.
  • The Flame Nebula, near the 3rd bright star making up the belt of Orion (or the base of the saucepan if in the southern hemisphere!).
  • A hint of the pink which contains the Horsehead Nebula just above the Flame Nebula.
  • The Great Orion Nebula, in the sward of Orion (or the handle of the saucepan if in the southern hemisphere!)
  • The bright blue-white star Rigel to the top-left of Orion.
  • Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) above Orion with it’s beautiful blue-green colour.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) continues to shine

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) without stars.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) without stars.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) with stars.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) with stars.

The bright Christmas comet of 2014 continues to shine beautifully high in the night sky. Now moving north and located directly south of the constellation of Orion (about 20 degrees south of Orion) the comet is sporting a beautiful tail. The comet is visible to the naked eye under dark skies, but this is not the case from my outer suburban location where it shows nicely visually in a telescope but not naked eye.

Comet C/2014 Q2 was discovered by Australian amateur astronomer and comet hunter Terry Lovejoy.

Photographs of Comet C/2014 Q2 can be purchased from me as prints, canvas or digital media for approved use. Contact me for more information.

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on the 20th December 2014

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on the 20th December 2014

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TheĀ intrepid Aussie comet hunter, Terry Lovejoy has done it again by finding another spectacular comet. His C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) comet turned in to an amazing naked eye comet in 2012, will this one do similar? At the moment Q2 is only showing a hairline tail visible in photographs even though it’s nucleus is very bright.

The image above is a photograph I took of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on the 17th December 2014. It’s a colour image from my 6D DSLR, a series of 10 exposures each 3 minutes in length at 2500ISO.

The new comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is currently naked eye visible, at about magnitude 5.9. It is currently located almost directly between the bright stars SiriusĀ and Canopus, putting it in a perfect position for viewing and photography throughout the night (in the southern hemisphere at least). The below image shows where you can find it on the 17th December 2014 at 9:30pm AWST:

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