New Year’s Eve: Looking for Lovejoy

We trained our cameras to the sky on New Year’s Eve… hoped to catch a glimpse of Lovejoy comet. I had no luck on this photo-shoot, but learned where to look. It was also some practice photographing the night sky. If anyone has tips for taking pictures of comets- I would love to hear your tips 🙂

Lovejoy Comet will be in the Orion- Taurus neighborhoods through January 19th. The reports say that it will be bright enough to see with the naked eye, especially during its closest approach to Earth on January 15, 2015. It comes from the edge of the solar system and is a long period comet from the Oort cloud. Just how long is Lovejoy’s incredibly lengthy orbit? Let’s just say… if you miss seeing it this month, the wait for a return spotting will be in about 8,000 years!!!


Facts behind this post: Comet Lovejoy set to ring in the New Year: Icy green rock is blazing past Earth – and you can see it without a telescope


Where to look:

 

Photo Credit: Stuart ATK; https://cumbriansky.wordpress.com
Photo Credit: Stuart Atkinson; https://cumbriansky.wordpress.com
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Captured (01-01-15): Daily Mail

Happy New Year – 2015!  Fill it with LOVE and JOY!!!

12 comments

  1. 8000 years! That is a huge distance. Thanks for the sky map. I will drive out to the area south of where I live to get away fron the light pollution for a better view.

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    1. Hi Patrick-
      I hope your weather forecasts are looking better than those for Portland, Oregon! Our forecasts for the week are damp: rain or fog
      My husband and I are exploring the possibility of heading east… we’ll see. Yep- 8000 years is daunting.
      ~Jane

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      1. Jane,
        It has been in the low 30’s (27 on Friday morning) at night and not getting above mid 50’s during the day. Rain is forcast for later this week which we need in the Golden State. Heading south may lead to more warmth.
        Patrick

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        1. Patrick,
          The latest shift in the weather pattern sounds like moisture is wide-spread. That’s excellent news for you folks in the Golden State where drought has been such a menace. Warmer would be awesome… however, the rain means clouds, and that’s the problem 🙂 Other wise, not a bad suggestion!
          ~Jane

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  2. Lovejoy! Like the message, Jane 🙂 And there we were on New Year’s celebrating outside under a beautiful clear sky – star spotting and there was Orion, Sirius brightly shining… Thanks for the skymap, will keep an eye out…

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    1. Liz-
      How exciting. My husband and I both will be curious to learn how your observations go. Will the comet map for the Northern Hemisphere also work for the Southern Hemisphere? (this may be an incredibly dumb question.)
      Best wishes for the New Year.
      ~Jane

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      1. Oh! Looks like here in the Southern Hemisphere we’ve missed the best viewing, the comet being now in it’s Northern ascension. Down here the constellations are the wrong way up and sky map orientation has to be turned the otherway up. Was hoping to get a viewing this evening, but the sky has clouded over. Planned to use our Night Sky app, on iPad to pinpoint the location and look from there. Were you successful? I see it’s path this evening is closest to the earth.

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