C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by darkhornet » January 24th, 2015, 8:22 pm

Christopher K. wrote:There never was a tail to see--that I ever saw.

Right now Lovejoy is about magnitude 4.4 and is between the Pleiades and Triangulum's triangle--though closer to the triangle. The next several nights hopefully will have some very clear skies.
Gotcha, thanks! It's highly probable, then, that I did find it yesterday and didn't realize it was the comet.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 26th, 2015, 1:46 pm

The Highland Road Park Observatory saw an incredible turnout for Lovejoy, with approximately 100 visitors using either of two telescopes to view the green-tinged fuzzball. We had a BREC official and a Cub Scout pack visit. Several of our regulars came by, including Oort Cloud Cadet Sarah B., Martian Cadet Eva M. and Lunar Cadet Elizabeth W. It was the first time for several children to look through a telescope at the comet and Jupiter. BRAS member Peter Lazar did an excellent job operating the 20OGS and explaining what people were seeing.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 31st, 2015, 7:57 pm

Even though it wasn't an advertised night for Lovejoy, Professor Stacy still managed to get the dimming comet in the 20OGS eyepiece for HRPO patrons! One more (possibly final) night for the visitor we'll never see again...

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by btoman » February 2nd, 2015, 3:18 am

Getting ready on the evening of January 26th to attempt imaging the asteroid 2004 BL86, I headed the 20" OGS at the HRPO over to Lovejoy and took a few images spaced a few minutes apart. I was able to animate them to show the comet's movement. The files are too big for me to post here, but I believe they are up on the HRPO's website and I will try to get them up on Youtube sometime. They are also on the BRAS Facebook page.

I hope you got a chance to see this comet as it made for some nice viewing.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » February 2nd, 2015, 5:20 pm

Yes, Fred has posted them at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/research/solar.html

At this time it is the second-to-last entry on that page. Lovejoy has since been heading closer and closer to the North Celestial Pole.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » February 7th, 2015, 5:24 pm

Right now Lovejoy is in Andromeda, and as it is moving further north and getting lower earlier, I recommend viewing immediately after twilight. At 7:03pm Lovejoy will be sixty degrees high, and 2˚24' east-southeast of K-class, magnitude 2.1 Almach.

The 17 January APOD was created by Rogelio Bernal Andreo and shows Lovejoy in Taurus...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150117.html

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » February 10th, 2015, 8:37 pm

Brad Schaefer and other BRAS members saw Lovejoy in binocs last night at the BRAS meeting.

The 21 January APOD shows an image taken from Bulgaria by Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150121.html

Lynn Hilborn also captured Lovejoy in a 20 January image used as the 22 January APOD. The main subject of the image was an Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Navy satellite...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150122.html

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » February 19th, 2015, 8:50 pm

While Chad takes care of his astronomy checklist, I was going to get Lovejoy in one of the AstroScans as a test of the limiting magnitude of "fuzzy objects" here at HRPO. However, some thin clouds are thwarting my plans. Anyone who wants one last shot at Lovejoy, I recommend looking at least by the 22nd.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » February 21st, 2015, 3:27 pm

Well...my recommendation of viewing by the 22nd may be for nought. NOAA is forecasting fairly extensive cloud cover through at least Thursday afternoon. We can still look at the 28 January APOD, which shows Lovejoy around the 14th as it cruised in the company of the Pleiades, the California Nebula and other famous celestial stops.

28 January APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150128.html

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » April 13th, 2015, 5:29 pm

The 27 February APOD shows Lovejoy with M76. The image was created on 20 February. There are a couple of other comets "on the radar"; hopefully one of them will become as least as good this summer or fall.

27 February APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150227.html

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