Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Rise and Set Times
Today's Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2016 Sep 24||24.33||17h 16m 18s||+14° 44’ 53”||Hercules|
|2016 Sep 25||24.34||17h 16m 31s||+14° 37’ 45”||Hercules|
|2016 Sep 26||24.36||17h 16m 44s||+14° 30’ 41”||Hercules|
|2016 Sep 27||24.38||17h 16m 56s||+14° 23’ 39”||Hercules|
|2016 Sep 28||24.40||17h 17m 09s||+14° 16’ 41”||Hercules|
|2016 Sep 29||24.41||17h 17m 25s||+14° 09’ 47”||Hercules|
|2016 Sep 30||24.43||17h 17m 39s||+14° 02’ 56”||Hercules|
|2016 Oct 01||24.45||17h 17m 53s||+13° 56’ 08”||Hercules|
|2016 Oct 02||24.46||17h 18m 08s||+13° 49’ 23”||Hercules|
|2016 Oct 03||24.48||17h 18m 24s||+13° 42’ 42”||Hercules|
|2016 Oct 04||24.50||17h 18m 42s||+13° 36’ 06”||Hercules|
|2016 Oct 05||24.52||17h 18m 57s||+13° 29’ 31”||Hercules|
|2016 Oct 06||24.53||17h 19m 14s||+13° 23’ 02”||Hercules|
|2016 Oct 07||24.55||17h 19m 32s||+13° 16’ 35”||Hercules|
Distance of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) at epoch 27 March 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457109.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.29035771 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Jan-30 01:39:40
|Next perihelion transit||15962-Apr-21 12:38
|Argument of perihelion||peri||12.3952198986°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||94.9750706891°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2015-Jan-07|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.46879162 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.