C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 8th, 2015, 8:31 pm

Due to the predicted extensive cloud cover on the 9th and 10th, personnel at the Highland Road Park Observatory will attempt to acquire views of Lovejoy on 16 January, 17 January, 23 January and 24 January. The two Friday viewing attempts will occur from 8:30pm to 10pm. The two Saturday viewing attempts will occur from 7pm to 10pm. Because of the dimming of Lovejoy after January, this can be the only postponement of attempted Lovejoy viewing.

Due to an orbital period of 8000 years, this pass provides the only chance for people to see Lovejoy.

The 31 December APOD was a brilliant Lovejoy image from Dieter Willasch...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141231.html
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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 9th, 2015, 2:16 pm

Lovejoy reaches thirty degrees altitude at 5:06pm just before sunset; the sky will be completely dark at 6:46pm. At 8:50pm Lovejoy will be 3˚12' south of A-class, magnitude 3.9 Nu Tauri and 9˚39' south of B-class, magnitude 3.4 Lambda Tauri. The waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon until 9:40pm.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 9th, 2015, 10:46 pm

BRAS President Merrill Hess just downloaded Lovejoy's coordinates into the 20OGS operating system. We now have its coordinates for the rest of this month. He, Roslyn, Susan and I just viewed Lovejoy--the first ones to see it at ~132x here at HRPO. (Another intrepid BRAS group was out last night but clouds thwarted plans.)

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 10th, 2015, 1:29 pm

Lovejoy reaches thirty degrees altitude today at 4:49pm; the sky will be completely dark at 6:47pm. At 8:50pm Lovejoy will be 2˚17' west-southwest of A-class, magnitude 3.9 Nu Tauri and 7˚22' south of B-class, magnitude 3.4 Lambda Tauri. The waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon until 10:31pm.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 12th, 2015, 6:42 pm

Lovejoy reached thirty degrees altitude today at 4:17pm; the sky will be completely dark at 6:49pm. At 8:19pm Lovejoy will be 4˚22' east-northeast of G-class, magnitude 3.6 Omicron Tauri. The Moon will be below the horizon until 12:16am.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 13th, 2015, 10:30 am

Lovejoy reached thirty degrees altitude today at 4:02pm; the sky will be completely dark at 6:49pm. At 8:09pm Lovejoy will be 1˚25' east-southeast of the K-class, magnitude 4.1 star 5 Tauri. Up to this time I'd only been using stars mag 4 or brighter as markers, but since Lovejoy was so close to 5 Tauri I thought I'd mention it.

The waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon until 1:11am.

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Poppa-Chris » January 13th, 2015, 10:33 am

Now if we can only get rid of this cloud cover! :x
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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 13th, 2015, 5:58 pm

You said it--especially since S&T is now reporting a magnitude of 3.8! Friday night is forecast to be mostly clear.

There are plenty of wonderful Lovejoy pictures at....
http://spaceweathergallery.com/comet_gallery.html

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 14th, 2015, 3:57 pm

The Baton Rouge sky will be completely dark at 6:50pm. At that time Lovejoy will be at an altitude of sixty-eight degrees in the southeast.

At Lovejoy's culmination time of 7:59pm it will be 1˚35' north of the K-class, magnitude 4.1 star 5 Tauri; 7˚39' west-northwest of the B-class, magnitude 3.4 Lambda Tauri; 10˚25' south-southwest of the Pleiades. Indeed, it gets closer to the famous star cluster this weekend.

The waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon until 2:07am.

More information:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... astronomy/

Mike Cavorac imaged Lovejoy Monday night from Jackson Hole, Wyoming...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150114.html

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Re: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Post by Christopher K. » January 15th, 2015, 8:41 pm

The Baton Rouge sky got completely dark at 6:51pm. At that time Lovejoy was at an altitude of seventy-one degrees in the southeast. At Lovejoy's culmination time of 7:49pm it will be 3˚59' north-northwest of the K-class, magnitude 4.1 star 5 Tauri; 9˚38' west-northwest of the B-class, magnitude 3.4 Lambda Tauri; and 9˚09' southwest of the Pleiades.

The forecast calls for slowly diminishing cloud cover. However, the humidity stays at an atrocious level so that the absolute best viewing time will probably be from 1am to twilight. Still, any who have clear skies now should go take a look.

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