C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Just few days before it crosses perihelion, comet should be at its brightest. It is easily visible to naked eye even in moderate light polluted sky.

Comets current location is in constellation Taurus, moving into Triangulum and Andromeda constellation by month’s end.

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, 12 January 2015 ~20:00 UT
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tamron 70-300 @ 300mm, f/5.6 ISO800, stack of images 25x30s

Sky this month – January 2015

Here is a list of astronomical events for given month. Location dependent events listed here are visible from central Europe.


4 – The Quadrantids (QUA) meteor shower peaks at ~02:00 UT, with ZHR around 120.

5 – Full Moon at 04:55 UT.

8 – Occultation of bright star π Leo (magnitude +4.7) by Moon at ~20:50 UT, depending on the location of the observer – detailed info.

12 – Conjunction of planets Venus and Mercury. At the time they are separated less than one degrees. Hard to observe as planets are less than 20 degrees away from Sun.

12 – Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy at brightest. By this time its brightness may reach magnitude 4 or brighter (easily seen by naked eye).

14 – Planet Mercury reaches greatest evening elongation 18.9 degrees east of the Sun at around 16:00 UT. Visible just after sunset.

17 – The Jupiter moons Io and Europa cast a double shadow on planet Jupiter from 03:53 to 04:58 UT.

20 – Conjunction of planets Mars and Neptune. At 20:00 UT they are separated by 0.2 degrees.

21 – New Moon at 13:15 UT.

24 – A triple shadow transit of Jupiter’s moons (Io, Europa and Calisto) occurs from 06:26 to 06:54 UT.

25 – Alpha Com eclipse. It has a 26-year period and will last between 28 and 45 hours. The accuracy of the eclipse prediction is +/- 3 days – detailed info.

30 – Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy crosses perihelion at a distance of 1.3 AU from the Sun.

ASASSN-14lp Type Ia Supernova in galaxy NGC4666 (constellation Virgo).