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Saturday, April 14, 2007

 

More on Comet E2 Lovejoy

Map of the location of comet E2 lovejoy (click to enlarge to useful size). The comet is visible in Sagittarius, but is just above alpha Capricornii, of Capricorn. Stars down to magnitude 9 shown, the circle represents the field of view of 10x50 binoculars. Capricorn is in the eastern morning sky (see Charts here).

You have to get up around 3-4 am in the morning to see it, but comet Lovejoy is currently brighter than Magnitude 8, meaning you can see it as a small fuzzy dot in 10 x 50 binoculars, under darks sky and most suburban locations. Images of the comet by Dave Herald are here, and a Spanish group here.

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