DON'T MISS! Spot Comet Lovejoy in the sky

January 12, 2015 2:57 PM

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Currently, the comet is known to be around 43,600,000 miles from our planet and the greenish glow, created by the diatomic carbon gas fluorescing in the light of the sun, will be shiniest for a two-week viewing period.The green fuzzy colored comet has a brightness of magnitude 4 which means that it can be viewed with the naked eye in the outer suburbs and with binoculars in the inner city areas. It also means that stargazers will not require any special instruments or visual aid to be able to view the comet in the night sky.

After 8,000 years, it might be back again, but only after interacting with the Solar System’s gravity which has been assumed to tweak its orbit slightly. As comet Lovejoy heads back out to space it will gradually grow dimmer and eventually be lost in the darkness of the sky.

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