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Comet Lovejoy Update

Comet Lovejoy photographed by our past president Mike on Jan 14

Comet Lovejoy photographed by our past president Mike on Jan 14

If you haven’t seen comet Lovejoy yet its putting on its best show now and during the upcoming moonless nights. Its up pretty early now and is now above Orion, not below.

I saw it last night through a foggy sky in my 70mm binos and it was very bright, large and diffuse. I would think it would be an easy naked eye object from the sunshine coast on a clear evening.

*** TIP If cloudy check outside every half an hour as this current weather pattern seems to offer short breaks of clear sky and then back to cloudy conditions…

http://www.universetoday.com/118031/if-you-can-find-orion-you-can-find-comet-lovejoy/

http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/surprisingly-bright-comet-lovejoy-dazzles-skywatchers-150108.htm

Charts can be found at
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/binocular-comet-lovejoy-heading-c2014-q2-lovejoy-1211142/

Good luck!

Neil Sandy
Sunshine Coast Centre RASC

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