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This long-period comet is expected to become visible through typical backyard telescopes and even binoculars later in December as it moves northwards and increases in brightness. This increase in brigtness will continue into the new year, and by mid-January, Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) is expected to reach a peak magnitude of +6.00.
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) is the focus of the ‘Rosetta spacecraft mission’ which is due to last until December 2015. Rosetta arrived at Comet 67P in early August and quickly scanned its surface for a suitable landing site for its lander Philae.
Discovered only in March of this year, Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) was predicted to be one of the brighter comets of 2014. Although, still fairly faint, Comet Jacques reached a magnitude of +5.66 in August and was visible with just a keen eye and a decent pair of binoculars.
At just one third the distance of our Moon, Comet Siding Spring (C/2012 A1) is set to pass Mars ten times closer than any recorded comet has ever passed Earth. As NASA currently have two spacecraft orbiting the red planet (and one on the way), cautionary measures are being drafted to manoeuvre the spacecraft (if necessary) out of harms way …more >