C/2012 X1, IC 4665, Beta Ophiuchi

C/2012 X1, IC 4665 and Beta Ophiuchi

This image, taken on Jan 26 2014, shows Comet C/2012 X1 passing through open cluster IC 4665 in the constellation of Ophiucus. Open cluster IC 4665 is the small group of bright stars just in front of the comet, while the bright star on the right is Beta Ophiuchi (Celbalrai), magnitude 2.75. Comet C/2012 X1 is currently approaching…

Table: Comets in 2014

Comets in 2014

During 2014 there will be 73 comets  passing their perihelion (data from JPL Horizons). This table lists all these comets, including the date of their perihelion passage and the expected maximum brightness in 2014 (estimated total magnitude). All the comets which are expected to become brighter than magnitude 16 during 2014 have been added to…