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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 Ophiucus on April, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
18h 19m 41s
+11° 29’ 26”
 = 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: 78.5°
Max altitude: 50.0°
Azimuth: 281.5°

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
2017 Apr 16 26.54 18h 21m 08s +11° 13’ 45” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 17 26.55 18h 20m 57s +11° 16’ 05” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 18 26.55 18h 20m 45s +11° 18’ 24” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 19 26.56 18h 20m 34s +11° 20’ 39” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 20 26.57 18h 20m 21s +11° 22’ 54” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 21 26.57 18h 20m 08s +11° 25’ 06” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 22 26.58 18h 19m 55s +11° 27’ 18” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 23 26.59 18h 19m 41s +11° 29’ 26” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 24 26.59 18h 19m 27s +11° 31’ 33” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 25 26.60 18h 19m 13s +11° 33’ 38” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 26 26.61 18h 18m 56s +11° 35’ 40” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 27 26.61 18h 18m 42s +11° 37’ 41” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 28 26.62 18h 18m 24s +11° 39’ 38” Ophiucus
2017 Apr 29 26.63 18h 18m 08s +11° 41’ 33” 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.

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 28 March 2015 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457110.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.99777284
Orbit inclination i 80.30130214°
Perihelion distance q 1.29035776 AU
193,034,774 km
Aphelion distance Q 1,157.45599318 AU
173,152,952,357 km
Semi-major axis a 579.37317547 AU
86,672,993,565 km
Orbital period period 13,945.8800 years
5,093,730.9588 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2015-Jan-30 01:39:39
2,457,052.5692 JD
Next perihelion transit 15961-Mar-30 00:40
7,550,783.5280 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 12.395219128287°
Longitude of the ascending node node 94.975066781138°
Mean anomaly M 0.0040942649692377°
Mean motion n 0.00007068°/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.