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Comet Lovejoy

posted 15 Dec 2013, 15:37 by Pete Collins   [ updated 15 Dec 2013, 15:39 ]
For anyone disappointed that Comet Ison failed to make it around the Sun, you could have a go at tracking down Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy. In theory at around magnitude 5 it should be visible with the naked eye, but you need darker skies than we get in Manchester for that. However, it is easily visible in 10x50 binoculars as a fuzzy patch with the hint of a tail.

From now until the end of the month it will be heading under the keystone of Hercules towards the horizon just north of east. The best time to see it is around 6-6.30am after it has risen to a reasonable height but before the sky gets too bright. The keystone of Hercules is about two thirds of the way from the bright star Arcturus (found by following the curve of the Plough's handle) to Vega, the bright star near the north east horizon. 

See a finder chart here

Photos of the comet taken this morning are on our flickr page