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Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 29 December 2014

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Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy sketched under difficult conditions, very cool and windy with clouds. The moon was at first quarter. The comet was close to the faint magnitude 8 globular cluster M79. In the moonlight it just looked like a faint...Show More Summary

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 28-12-14

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy sketched on 28 December using 10 x 50 binoculars on a tripod. The comet is bigger than 47 Tucana but dimmer. Didn't bring my charts so I can't reliably estimate magnitude. Very easy to find in binoculars even with the waxing Moon. No hint of tail with binoculars. With moonlight no hope of seeing it with the unaided eye.

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, 20th and 23rd of December

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy taken on 23-12-14 with my Canon IXUS point and shoot. 10x 15 second exposures ISO 400 stacked with deep sky stacker. and cropped to the region of interest, showing Phract (alpha Columba) and the comet (Click to...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 25 to Thursday January 1

The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday December 29. Venus is low in the evening sky with Mercury below it. Mars is easily visible in the early evening and is visited by the Moon on the 25th. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Saturn rises in the morning sky. Show More Summary

How to see Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy on Christmas

Horizon chart facing east at 22:00 ACDST showing the location of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as seen from Adelaide. Similar views will be seen from Southern Hemisphere locations at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen Close up chart...Show More Summary

Aurora Alert NOW! 23 December

Kp has hit 6 and the IPS has issued an aurora alert. However Bz remains positive but there have been reports of unaided eye aurora from Tasmanian and some NZ observers.Worth having a look.As always look to the south for shifting red/green glows, recently beams have been reported too. Show More Summary

Evolution of a comets tail: Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy from 14-19 November 2014

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 14-12-14 15-12-14 16-12-14 17-12-14 18-12-14 19-12-14 Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is brightening nicely in the sky, and its tail is doing some interesting things. This is a sequence from 14 December to 19 December, all at roughly 3:00am on their respective days (except the 16th, that was closer to 11:30 pm). Show More Summary

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, 19 December 2014

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy taken on 19-12-14 with my Canon IXUS point and shoot. 10x 15 second exposures ISO 400 stacked with deep sky stacker. and cropped to the region of interest, showing Pi (bottom) and Nu (top) Pupis and the comet (Click to embiggen) Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy taken on 14-12-14 with my Canon IXUS point and shoot. Show More Summary

Venus Returns!

Driving back from Nerd Night I thought I caught a glimpse of the bright planet on Wednesday, but it was too cloudy until tonight to confirm.Venus is back! This picture was taken around 9:15 pm ACDST (clcik to embiggen), when Venus was just two finger-widths above the horizon, but it was easy to see from 8:55 pm on. Show More Summary

Aurora Alert 19-20 December

A geomagnetic alert and aurora watch has been issued by the Australian IPS, the activity is due to a glancing blow from a coronal mass ejection. The activity is likley to peak late in the evening of the 19th to the early morning of the...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 18 to Thursday December 25

The New Moon is Monday December 22. Earth is at solstice at this time. Venus is low in the evening sky. Mars is easily visible in the early evening. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Saturn returns to the morning sky, the Moon is close to Saturn on the 20th. Show More Summary

Images of Comet Lovejoy, 2014's Christmas Comet

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy taken on 29 November 2014. iTelescope T12, 5x3minute exposures Bin 2, stacked in ImageJ and Median image extracted. Click to embiggen to see the faint tail. Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy taken on 14 December 2014. iTelescope T12, 5x3minute exposures Bin 2, stacked in ImageJ and Median image extracted. Show More Summary

A Christmas Comet? C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy brightens rapidly

Path of the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as it brightens in December skies. This printable black and white chart is for 10 pm AEDST looking east (click to embiggen). Already easily visible in binoculars, there are reports of it being visible to the unaided eye. Show More Summary

Geminid Meteor Shower 14-15 December 2014

The northern horizon at 4:00 am ACDST as seen from Southern Australia (northern Australia is similar but Gemini and the radiant is higher in the sky) on Monday December 15. The Geminid radiant is marked with a starburst (click to embiggen). Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 11 to Thursday December 18

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday December 15. Venus is low in the evening sky. Mars is easily visible in the early evening. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky, the Moon is near Jupiter on December 11. Comet C/2102 Q2 Lovejoy visible in small telescopes in the early evening. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 4 to Thursday December 11

The Full Moon is Saturday December 6. Venus is low in the evening sky. Mars is easily visible in the early evening. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky, the Moon is near Jupiter on December 11. Comet C/2102 Q2 Lovejoy visible in small telescopes in the early evening.The Full Moon is Saturday December 6. Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch December, 2014 edition is now out at its New Home!

Western horizon as seen from Adelaide on 23 December at 9:00 pm ACDST. Click to embiggen. The December edition of Southern Skywatch is now up at its new home. This month has a little bit of planetary action some meteors and a comet. Jupiter rises higher in the morning sky and is near the Moon on the 13th. Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch has a New Home!

Southern Skywatch has a new home. http://www.users.on.net/~reynella/skywatch/ssky.htmAfter 20 years with the same internet service provider I have moved to internode as my old provider is abandoning domestic customers. My contact details have also changed, naturally, but it will tale a little while to modify all the pages. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday November 27 to Thursday December 4

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday November 29. Venus returns to the evening sky. Mars is easily visible in the early evening. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Comet C/2102 K1 PanSTARRS is still visible in small telescopes in the early evening.The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday November 29. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday November 20 to Thursday November 27

The New Moon is Saturday November 22. Mars is easily visible in the early evening and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 26th. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Comet C/2102 K1 PanSTARRS is visible in binoculars in the early evening.The New Moon is Saturday November 22. Show More Summary

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