Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2)

New Comet on the Block

Comet Jacques

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 last month and was visible with just a keen eye and a decent pair of binoculars.

This picture (right), taken by astrophotographer Damian Peach, shows Comet Jacques just days after discovery on March 16th, its coma already clearly visible.

Comet Jacques reached perihelion (its closest point to the Sun) on July 3rd 2014, passing Venus ten days later at a fairly close 7.9 million miles (12.7 million kilometres).

On August 28th, the comet made its closest approach to Earth at 52,415,761 miles (84.3m kilometres).

Comet Jacques’ (C/2014 E2) Path

Comet Jacques is moving northwards in the following image, its path being depicted by the blue line. The darker blue section indicates when the comet was below the ecliptic plane.

Comet Jacques' Path

Want more?

If you’re interested in comets in general, why not take a look at our Comet 67P (Churyumov-Gerasimenko) page. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta Spacecraft is currently alongside the comet and is due to land on its surface in November.