Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Viewing Gorgeous Comet Lovejoy


The peak time for viewing should be around Feb. 6 and 7.

Observers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other northern countries should look pretty much straight up, Berman said.

"Go from Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus; draw a line from there to the Pleiades; extend that an equal distance, and beyond it — that'll take you to near where the comet is," Berman said.

"Sweep that area with your binoculars, especially when the moon is absent, and you'll be in for a treat."

Photographer Alan Dyer's Jan. 6 picture shows Comet Lovejoy with a circular green-hued coma around its small, icy nucleus, and a long bluish tail pointed away from the sun.


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