Comet Lovejoy appears in Andromeda as the comet fades into the distance.
This was the view Monday night, February 9, with Comet Lovejoy now moving slowly north through Andromeda. From a dark site it is now still visible to the unaided. In binoculars a short tail was just barely visible. But even in photos the comet has lost most of its long blue tail it sported last month.
The view above takes in the W of Cassiopeia at top, and some of the stars of Andromeda at bottom. The Andromeda Galaxy is at right. I’ve arrowed the comet, a fuzzy star green star.
Shortly after I shot Lovejoy’s portrait I shot this image of the evening Zodiacal Light, the tower of light at left. At right is the setting autumn Milky Way. At the base of the Zodiacal Light is bright Venus just setting, with fainter Mars above it.
The next two weeks are ideal for sighting the Zodiacal Light. For more on what’s up in the sky now, see my previous blog.
– Alan, February 9, 2015 / © 2015 Alan Dyer / www.amazingsky.com
One Reply to “Comet Lovejoy in Andromeda”
I picked it up fairly easily with 10x50s a few nights ago near gamma andromedae, my self christened “peach star” – it looks about the same as Andromeda galaxy, but I’ve never seen more than hints of tail on best views, a sort of tear drop shape being the best I can do.