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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in a winter sky

The new year gave the Amateur astronomers living in the Northern hemisphere, a remarkable gift — a bright comet Lovejoy.

Gorgeous comet Lovejoy is flying through the constellations of the winter sky by Orion for the mythical river Eridanus to Taurus and then — to the Andromeda. By the end of the first week of the new, 2015, year, its brightness has reached 4.5 m and growing. The middle and the second half of January will be the most favorable time to observe the comet.

A giant mosaic of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy received on December 28, 2014 the Herald Ramanna in Namibia. The tail of a comet observed at 7 or 14 degrees apparent size of the moon in our sky!

Three images of comet C/2014 Q2, obtained by Terry Lovejoy on opening day August 17, 2014. The comet looks faint in the pictures blurred speck 15-th magnitude. Should be, at this point, the author of the opening hardly expected that within four months the comet will increase its brightness 10,000 times.

Comet Lovejoy on November 26, 2014.Flying through the southern constellations, the celestial visitor is gaining brightness, and her tail is still very thin and faint, has only 1.5 degrees in length.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy on December 13, 2014 at the Observatory in Siding spring (Australia). The brightness of the comet is approximately 6 SV. value; a large green coma has 17 minutes of arc in diameter, thin and transparent ion tail stretches to the North-West. Under the comet is visible lenticular galaxy NGC 2310.

December 23, 2014 comet Lovejoy lost its tail: it literally ripped the streams of charged particles flying from the Sun. This picture shows the initial stage of this process. Without a tail space wanderer did not remain there long and by the end of the month has got luxurious ion tail of complex structure.

Comet Lovejoy and winter constellations. Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy captured near the brightest star of the night sky, Sirius (left), and the constellation Orion (top), in which, in addition to the bright blue star Rigel and reddish Betelgeuse, visible and in the Orion nebula and dark nebula Horse head.

Gaining brightness. How many parts in the structure of the tail of the comet can be seen in this picture! Like rays of light coming through the clouds, out of my head C/2014 Q2 has several jets of matter. In the center of the head shows a bright pseudo-nucleus.

By the end of December the tail of comet Lovejoy reached 6 degrees in length. It is 12 apparent size of the moon in the sky!

Traveling through the constellation of the Hare, 29 December the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy flew past the globular cluster m-79. The cluster is at a distance 40 thousand light years from Earth, while the comet is only 0.5 astronomical units. 7 billion times – it is many accumulation on comet Lovejoy.

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