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 Dec 04||25.41||17h 44m 44s||+08° 58’ 13”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 05||25.42||17h 45m 15s||+08° 55’ 50”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 06||25.43||17h 45m 46s||+08° 53’ 30”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 07||25.44||17h 46m 15s||+08° 51’ 15”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 08||25.46||17h 46m 46s||+08° 49’ 05”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 09||25.47||17h 47m 17s||+08° 46’ 59”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 10||25.48||17h 47m 48s||+08° 44’ 57”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 11||25.49||17h 48m 19s||+08° 42’ 59”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 12||25.50||17h 48m 50s||+08° 41’ 04”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 13||25.52||17h 49m 21s||+08° 39’ 15”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 14||25.53||17h 49m 51s||+08° 37’ 28”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 15||25.54||17h 50m 21s||+08° 35’ 47”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 16||25.55||17h 50m 53s||+08° 34’ 09”||Ophiucus|
|2016 Dec 17||25.56||17h 51m 23s||+08° 32’ 35”||Ophiucus|
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 28 March 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457110.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.29035776 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2015-Jan-30 01:39:39
|Next perihelion transit||15961-Mar-30 00:40
|Argument of perihelion||peri||12.395219128287°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||94.975066781138°|
|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.