C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy – A Binocular Comet in Time for Christmas

Like a Christmas ornament dangling from string, Comet Lovejoy Q2 is headed north and coming into good view for northern hemisphere observers in the next two weeks. This photo was taken on November 26th. Credit: Rolando Ligustri

Like a Christmas ornament dangling from string, Comet Lovejoy Q2 is just now coming into good view for northern hemisphere observers. This photo was taken on November 26th and shows a bright coma and long, delicate ion tail. Credit: Rolando Ligustri

Hmmm. Something with a long white beard is making an appearance in northern skies this week. Could it be Santa Claus? No, a bit early for the jolly guy yet, but comet watchers will soon find a special present under the tree this season. Get ready to unwrap Comet Lovejoy Q2, now bright enough to spot in a pair of 10×50 binoculars.(…)
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