Point Your Binoculars Skyward: Comet Lovejoy is Visible Over the Cape and Islands

January 16, 2015 7:33 AM

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For the last several weeks a comet has been visible in the sky – if you’ve known where to look with your binoculars. The comet is named Lovejoy, and it has a greenish hue.

According to Dr. Michael West, Director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket, this is the fifth comet discovered by the Australian comet hunter Terry Lovejoy. Its greenish color is a result of it shedding carbon molecules as it approaches the sun.

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