Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)
Terry Lovejoy discovered C/2014 Q2 in August of 2014 from his observatory in Brisbane, Australia.
This long-period comet became visible in the Northern Hemisphere (through typical backyard telescopes) in late December.
As it continued to move northwards in January, it continued to increase in brightness and was an easy target for both professional and amateur astronomers. Comet Lovejoy is still one of the brightest comets but visible now through telescopes only.
Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) reached perihelion on January 30th, 2015.
The stunning image to the left was taken by Astrophotographer Damian Peach in December 2014.
Comet Lovejoy’s (C/2014 Q2) Path
Comet Lovejoy is moving northwards in the following image, its path being depicted by the blue line. The darker blue section indicates when the comet is below the ecliptic plane.