Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) on 11.01.2015

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) - 21.01.2015



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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2014
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy using a 0.2-meter (8 in) Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope. It is is a long-period comet. By December 2014 the comet had brightened to roughly magnitude 7.4 making it a small telescope and binoculars target. By mid-December the comet was visible to the naked eye for experienced observers with dark skies. This three panel mosaic shows the comet on January 11th 2015 at 21:30 UT. A 7 panel mosaic showing the (almost) entire comet's tail can be seen here.

Image details:


Center of field RA 03:52:28 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE 07:19:11 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.38 x 1.86 (deg)
Pixel scale: 3.36 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -71.5 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): ASA 12" Astrograph @ f/3.6 (Newton)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: 11. 01. 2015 21:30 UT
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L:3x3 min; R:3x3 min, G:3x3 min, B:3x3 min Bin 2, Total Exposure Time - 36 min
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction, Three panel mosaic
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2014. All Rights Reserved
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