Comet Lovejoy is shining the most and will be visible this month; this news has brought sheer joy amongst astronomers and stargazers.
Comet (C/2014 Q2) mostly known as comet Lovejoy was discovered by the amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy in August 2014. The comet reportedly will be visible all over the month. It came closest to Earth on January 7, but better and clear view is expected with the smaller visibility of the moon while coming weeks.
As of now, the comet is around 43,600,000 miles from Earth, and it was reported that the greenish glow, resulting from the diatomic carbon gas fluorescing in sunlight will be the brightest for two weeks.
A telescope pointed at Comet Lovejoy reveals a beautiful tail more than 10◦ long. Comet Lovejoy has a brightness of magnitude +3.8 which basically means it can be viewed with the naked eye in the suburbs and in the city area; binoculars will be required by the viewers. This comes as great news for the stargazers as they won’t be needing any particular instruments to capture few glances of this comet.
The comet is making its appearance in the southeastern sky for the first time in more than 11,000 years. Many enthusiasts those have witnessed this comet by now seem to be fascinated by its shining green color. According to astronomers, the comet will be pretty much visible in next few weeks.
According to national geographic, From January 15 through 17, comet Lovejoy will be passing to the right of the Pleiades cluster (also called Messier 45), a breathtakingly beautiful, naked-eye open cluster of stars that are also part of Taurus. Taurus can be found with the least effort as it firmly sits to the right of the renowned constellation Orion, the Hunter.
The comet will be fading away after January 30 as it will travel north in February.