Lovejoy!

  • Orland23

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    Dec 31, 2014 10:59 AM GMT
    Lovejoy is coming close to earth, no not Reverend Love Joy, but Lovejoy comet will come 44 million miles (.47 AU) to planet Earth on January 7th and will be amazing through a pair of binoculars. icon_cool.gificon_smile.gif

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/get-a-look-at-this-lovejoy-comet-before-its-next-trip-by-earth-in-8000-years/
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    Dec 31, 2014 7:25 PM GMT
    I tried to see it last night, but the moon was too bright. And it was freakin cold out there icon_neutral.gif
  • PE_Mike

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    Jan 01, 2015 9:09 AM GMT
    awesomeness. Moonless dark skies resume after nightfall around January 7th, right when the comet should be entering its brightest time.

    Now just to work out how to read a f$%!! star chart....

    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/
  • Orland23

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    Jan 02, 2015 7:31 AM GMT
    January 7th the comet will be the closest to earth so it would likely to be the brightest and the night should be moonless for the first half.icon_smile.gif Unless the coma suddenly flares just afterward.

    Comets are like cats, they have tails and they do whatever they want.icon_lol.gif
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jan 02, 2015 12:26 PM GMT
    Oh dear and I thought it was a new type Vibrator?

    Guess it will shake someone?
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    Jan 02, 2015 5:38 PM GMT
    Clouds are forecast to close in again today and we probably won't see the sky again for weeks. icon_sad.gif At least the temperatures are supposed to get above freezing by next week.
  • Orland23

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    Jan 04, 2015 10:19 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidClouds are forecast to close in again today and we probably won't see the sky again for weeks. icon_sad.gif At least the temperatures are supposed to get above freezing by next week.


    Where I live, the skies would be clear, but I currently don't have binoculars.icon_sad.gif I wish I had them. The last comet I had seen was Hale Bopp in '97 I seen it before I went to elementary school.
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    Jan 17, 2015 3:20 AM GMT
    Finally, a clear night (and not even freezing!)
    Lovejoy is visible tonight with binoculars, just below the Pleiades. It's just a fuzzy dot from here right now, can't see a tail. But the sky will be darker in a couple of hours and if we're lucky, maybe the clouds will stay away.

    If it's clear Sunday (pretty iffy for my location) the tail should cross over the Pleiades.