Highland Road Park Observatory

COMET LOVEJOY VIEWING

Friday, 16 January from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, 17 January from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday, 23 January from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, 24 January from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Free and for all ages.

ABOUT THE OBJECT

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was discovered in August 2014 in Queensland, Australia by the amateur Terry Lovejoy. This is Lovejoy’s fifth comet discovery.

ABOUT VIEWING COMET LOVEJOY

Since comets are “fuzzy” and diffuse objects, viewing them can sometimes be tricky. The light pollution in town will not help the search for the object. Current predictions place the brightest magnitude for Lovejoy at anywhere from magnitude 4 to magnitude 5. (The North Star, Polaris, is magnitude 2.) However, HRPO personnel have acquired Lovejoy onsite at 14x magnification, and offsite at 7x magnification.

ABOUT TAKING PART IN THE VIEWING

HRPO personnel recommend bringing a binocular; 7x to 12x is best.

WHAT COULD YOU SEE?

The comet will indeed be fuzzy. It will probably have a greenish tint due to ultraviolet radiation from the Sun exciting the comet’s diatomic carbon. A view of the tail is not guaranteed.

As Lovejoy will not return for 8000 years, this will be our only chance to view it.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, January 09, 2015 12:00:25 PM.