STOP MOURNING C/2012 S1 ISON: C/2013 R1 LOVEJOY IS READY FOR VIEWING.
Photo Credit: Damian Peach of C/2013 R1 Lovejoy and M44 the Beehive Cluster: CLICK photo to view larger size and look below for links and info!
First; I don’t like to talk bad about the deceased but it’s time to get over Comet ISON because Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy is ready for viewing.
There’s been little talk about this comet and before I get too far, don’t confuse this Lovejoy for C/2011 W3 Lovejoy (This is why I like to use the long name as much as possible). THIS Lovejoy was just discovered on September 7, 2013 by Australian Astronomer; Terry Lovejoy (This is his 4th discovery) using a 7.9’ inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT). This Lovejoy made its closest approach to Earth on November 19, 2013 at a distance of 36,880,000 miles or roughly 0.39AU. It will reach perihelion on December 25, 2013 at a distance of about 0.8AU.
Right now it is at an apparent magnitude of 5.5 (naked eye visible) traveling at about 45 km/s relative to the Sun and resides in the constellation Corona Borealis just above Bootes and around the 10th of December will cross into Hercules territory. Look below for all the data you need to locate C/2013 R1 Lovejoy.
SkyHound Finder Chart:
The Sky Live C/2013 R1 Lovejoy Tracker:
Heavens-Above C/2013 R1 Lovejoy Current Data:
In-The-Sky data page for C/2013 R1 Lovejoy:
Sky & Telescope C/2013 R1 Lovejoy Page:
Cloudy Nights Forum C/2013 R1 Lovejoy posts: