Daily Cosmobite: Comet Lovejoy – what to look for

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) by Geoff ChesterFrom Australia, between 9pm and 10pm AEDT, face north-east. Using the finder chart in yesterday’s Cosmobite locate the brightest star, Rigel, in constellation Orion. Now, with binoculars, scan slowly above and to the left of Rigel. Look for a pale, fuzzy ‘smudge’! You won’t see any tail but it may appear pale green in colour. It changes position from night to night. Can you see it without the binoculars?

 

 

 

Comet Lovejoy on January 1, 2015. Image from Spaceweather, © Geoff Chester.

 

 

 

 

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