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Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)

Comet C/2014 Q2 put on a superb show at perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) in mid January 2015 and I caught some images of it back in March 2015  when it was around magnitude 6.8. It is fading fast now as it leaves the Solar System, but can still be picked up in telescopes at magnitude 10.3. Here you can just make it out as a fuzzy ball of light at the centre of the image passing through space between the constellations of Draco and Bootes.

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Comet Lovejoy Orbit 13-8-15Orbit view showing the current location of the comet as it leaves the Solar System

Image taken 11.38 pm New Mexico Time (UTC -6) with iTelescope.net T3 (Tak TOA 150, SBIG ST-8300C One Shot Color CCD) 5 x 120 sec Lum.

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