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Comet visible over Spain

Tenerife proves to be the ideal place to observe the comet Lovejoy passing earth during the upcoming days, as can be seen on the spectacular images published by the Observatory on Teide.


Lovejoy in december. Photo: Wikipedia

The comet with the official name C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) was discovered last year by astronomer Terry Lovejoy and has in recent days made its closest approach to Earth.

The comet can currently be seen in the star sign of Taurus and be seen with the naked eye if you know what to look for. With the naked eye the comet appears like a fuzzy star.

Until January 24th, the moon is not very bright, which makes it easier to observe the comet. With a telescope you can also see the tail of the comet. On January 17th and 18th the comet passing is 8 degrees west-southwest of the Pleiades. The Pleiades is the small accumulation of seven small stars that exist in the star sign of Taurus.

Although the comet is now moving away from us, it is becomes increasingly stronger in brightness until January 30 because it moves closer to the sun. Towards the end of January, the moonlight makes it harder to observe the comet on its journey through space.

Click here to see a video of the comet…


Photo: Daniel Lopez, IAC