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01/13/2015 – Ephemeris – How to find Comet Lovejoy

January 13, 2015

Ephemeris for Tuesday, January 13th.  The sun will rise at 8:17.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 7 minutes, setting at 5:25.   The moon, at last quarter today, will rise at 2:03 tomorrow morning.

A new comet has entered the evening sky for northern hemisphere observers.  It is best seen in binoculars as a fuzzy blob.  Photographs reveals a green comet with a faint wispy tail.  It was discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.  It’s his 5th comet.  Tonight the comet is located in line with the bottom side of the letter V of stars, the head of Taurus the bull,  The V is lying on its side and to the right by the width of a fist held at arm’s length will be the fuzzy ball of the head of the comet.  Charts for finding the comet can be found on my blog at bobmoler.wordpress.com today and also every Wednesday for the next month or so.  Photographs of this beautiful comet can be found on space.com and spaceweather.com among other websites.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.


Comet Lovejoy

Finding Comet Lovejoy at 9 p.m., January 13, 2015. created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts).  Click on image to enlarge.

Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy taken by Jan Curtis on January 11, 2015 @ Near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Found on http://www.spaceweather.com. Great photo Jan.  Click on image to enlarge.

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