Comet Lovejoy in Cassiopeia


Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) continues to steam northward into the W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia in the northwestern sky. From March 15-17, Lovejoy passes within a degree of the 3rd-magnitude star Ruchbah (δ Cassiopeiae). This makes it easy to find the comet in dark sky in a small telescope or good binoculars.

The surprising little comet still shines at 6th magnitude, just on the edge of naked-eye visibility in dark, moonless sky, with a tail at least a degree long. And with the Moon out of the way for the next couple of weeks, this is a good opportunity for imaging the comet before it fades over the next few weeks.

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