Comet Lovejoy

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Skywatchers should enjoy a good view of the Comet Lovejoy, or C/2014 Q2, which should be visible to the unaided under good conditions for the next few nights.

“Should we get a clear sky, Comet Lovejoy should appear to the right side of the constellations and Taurus, now visible in the southern sky,” Bruce Palmquist, Central University professor of physics and science , said in a news release.

To see the comet, viewers should south, and look to the three stars that make up Orion’s belt.

“The comet should appear a little to the right of Orion’s belt or the snout of Taurus the bull,” Palmquist said. “With binoculars or a small telescope, you should be able to see it clearly.

“The best time to see the comet should be after 8 p.m.,” he . “And its best to find a away from any city lights.”

The comet has a vivid green color, due to carbon fluorescing in the ’s ultraviolet light.

The next time it will be visible to anyone on Earth will be roughly 10,000 years from now.