Comet Lovejoy on Valentine's Day

Comet Lovejoy on Valentine’s Day

Image of Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy taken on Feb 14 2014. This image is the result of a 240 seconds exposure captured using telescope T24 (0.61-m f/6.5 astrograph) of the iTelescope.net service. After having passed it perihelion on Dec 22 2013, Comet Lovejoy is currently moving away from the Sun, being right now between the…

Supernova Finder Chart Example

New: Supernovae Finder Charts

We have added a brand new feature that allows to browse finder charts for the latest discovered supernovae. Similarly to our Solar System object trackers, these finder charts are generated using imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey and data from different sky catalogues (see the credits section for more dfetails). Supernova Finder Chart Example Currently…

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…

C/2013 V1 (Boattini) on Dec 29 2013

Comet C/2013 V1 Boattini on Dec 29 2013

Comet C/2013 V1 (Boattini) captured on a 300 seconds exposure on Dec 29 2013. The comet is currently 220 million kilometers from Earth and 331 million kilometers from the Sun. It appears very small, around 11th magnitude when compared with nearby stars, probably a bit brighter than JPL ephemerides prediction for total magnitude, which is…