Saturday, February 08, 2014
New Comet C/2014 C2 STEREO (congratulations Comet Al)
|Comet C/2014 C2 in the STEREO H1 A instrument on 2/2/14, arrowed. The vertical lines are instrument artefacts. Click to embiggen||animation of 24 images from 2/2/14 to3/2/14 showing the rapid motion of the comet, click to embiggen.|
Unfortunately, the comet will now only be visible from the northern hemisphere, and will be very low above the horizon at astronomical twilight from around February 14. It will probably be very faint, around magnitude 13 or less. This makes it a very difficult target.
The comet was visible in the southern hemisphere in the evening, but was low on the horizon around astronomical twilight from January 1, and may have been too faint to observe. But Australian observers should check their images from this time.
MPEC one line Ephermeris
CK14C020 2014 02 18.6577 0.508074 1.000000 57.5181 283.3470 135.3097 18.5 8.0 C/2014 C2 (STEREO)
Orbital elements: C/2014 C2 (STEREO) T 2014 Feb. 18.65769 TT MPC q 0.5080744 (2000.0) P Q Peri. 57.51809 -0.45953242 -0.56620958 Node 283.34701 -0.84240966 +0.52195234 e 1.0 Incl. 135.30975 +0.28138215 +0.63794394 From 77 observations 2014 Feb. 1-4.