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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

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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) in Hercules on August, 26 2016
High Precision Live Sky Chart
17h 14m 35s
+18° 29’ 54”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

Azimuth: 71.5°
Max altitude: 57.0°
Azimuth: 288.5°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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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.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 Aug 19 23.68 17h 15m 30s +19° 27’ 28” Hercules
2016 Aug 20 23.70 17h 15m 20s +19° 19’ 13” Hercules
2016 Aug 21 23.71 17h 15m 11s +19° 10’ 59” Hercules
2016 Aug 22 23.73 17h 15m 02s +19° 02’ 44” Hercules
2016 Aug 23 23.75 17h 14m 54s +18° 54’ 32” Hercules
2016 Aug 24 23.77 17h 14m 47s +18° 46’ 18” Hercules
2016 Aug 25 23.79 17h 14m 40s +18° 38’ 06” Hercules
2016 Aug 26 23.81 17h 14m 35s +18° 29’ 54” Hercules
2016 Aug 27 23.82 17h 14m 30s +18° 21’ 43” Hercules
2016 Aug 28 23.84 17h 14m 25s +18° 13’ 33” Hercules
2016 Aug 29 23.86 17h 14m 21s +18° 05’ 25” Hercules
2016 Aug 30 23.88 17h 14m 17s +17° 57’ 16” Hercules
2016 Aug 31 23.90 17h 14m 16s +17° 49’ 10” Hercules
2016 Sep 01 23.92 17h 14m 13s +17° 41’ 05” 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.

Distance of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

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.

Predicted magnitude of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) between January 2013 and January 2030

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) at epoch 25 March 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457107.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99777345
Orbit inclination i 80.30131528°
Perihelion distance q 1.29035754 AU
193,034,740 km
Aphelion distance Q 1,157.77553383 AU
173,200,754,957 km
Semi-major axis a 579.53294568 AU
86,696,894,849 km
Orbital period period 13,951.6400 years
5,095,838.1048 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jan-30 01:39:41
2,457,052.5692 JD
Next perihelion transit 15967-Jan-05 04:10
7,552,890.6740 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.3952159433°
Longitude of the ascending node node 94.9750898522°
Mean anomaly M 0.00388063266826°
Mean motion n 0.00007065°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2015-Jan-07
Distance of closest approach* 0.46879162 AU
70,130,228 km

* 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.