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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

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C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) in Hercules on May,24 2016
Sky map showing C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) in Hercules on May, 24 2016
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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) Orbit Diagram (beta)

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3D Orbit Visualizer: Orbit Diagram of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) (requires a WebGL enabled browser)

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 visualize an interactive sky map showing where Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) will be located at the chosen date. Real time current position of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is also available.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2016 May 17 22.08 18h 12m 24s +26° 55’ 58” Hercules
2016 May 18 22.10 18h 11m 42s +26° 57’ 11” Hercules
2016 May 19 22.11 18h 10m 59s +26° 58’ 18” Hercules
2016 May 20 22.13 18h 10m 17s +26° 59’ 16” Hercules
2016 May 21 22.14 18h 09m 33s +27° 00’ 06” Hercules
2016 May 22 22.16 18h 08m 49s +27° 00’ 47” Hercules
2016 May 23 22.17 18h 08m 06s +27° 01’ 18” Hercules
2016 May 24 22.19 18h 07m 20s +27° 01’ 42” Hercules
2016 May 25 22.20 18h 06m 35s +27° 01’ 58” Hercules
2016 May 26 22.22 18h 05m 51s +27° 02’ 03” Hercules
2016 May 27 22.23 18h 05m 06s +27° 02’ 00” Hercules
2016 May 28 22.25 18h 04m 19s +27° 01’ 49” Hercules
2016 May 29 22.26 18h 03m 33s +27° 01’ 28” Hercules
2016 May 30 22.28 18h 02m 47s +27° 00’ 59” 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 sampled with a 2 days interval, so please keep in mind that there might be inaccuracies around the time of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. Real time current distance of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from Earth is also available.

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.

The magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval, so there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. Also, for comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of the their highly dynamic and unpredictable behaviour. To get precise information about the current magnitude of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), updated in real time, please go to the Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) live tracker page.

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

Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) at epoch 21 March 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457103.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99777451
Orbit inclination i 80.30133377°
Perihelion distance q 1.29035723 AU
193,034,694 km
Aphelion distance Q 1,158.32834092 AU
173,283,453,720 km
Semi-major axis a 579.80934907 AU
86,738,244,207 km
Orbital period period 13,961.6300 years
5,099,484.1655 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jan-30 01:39:45
2,457,052.5693 JD
Next perihelion transit 15976-Dec-29 05:38
7,556,536.7348 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.3952121225°
Longitude of the ascending node node 94.9751304132°
Mean anomaly M 0.00359547393348°
Mean motion n 0.00007060°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2015-Jan-07
Distance of closest approach* 0.46879150 AU
70,130,210 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.