C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy), the fourth comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy

The long-period comet lovejoy discovered on 7 September 2013 by Terry Lovejoy. It is the fourth comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy. C/2013 R1 crossed the celestial equator on 14 October 2013, becoming a better Northern Hemisphere object.

 

What is C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy)?

By 1 November 2013, the comet lovejoy was visible to the naked eye near the Beehive Cluster (M44), about halfway between Jupiter and Regulus. It became more impressive than comet ISON. In binoculars, the comet has the appearance of a green, unresolved globular cluster. C/2013 R1 made its closest approach to Earth on 19 November 2013 at a distance of 059,350,000 km /36,880,000 mi, and reached an apparent magnitude of about 4.5.

Terry Lovejoy

Terry Lovejoy (born 20 November 1966) is an information technologist from Thornlands, Queensland, Australia, most widely known as an amateur astronomer. He has discovered six comets, including C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy), the first Kreutz Sungrazing comet discovered by ground-based observation in over 40 years. He is also known for popularizing procedures for modifying consumer-grade digital cameras so that they can be used for digital camera astrophotography.

See also: Terry Lovejoy, a famous amateur astronomer!

Image: By NASA/MSFC/MEO/Aaron Kingery,  Public Domain
Text: Wikipedia contributors. “C/2013 R1.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 12 Apr. 2017. Web. 8 Jul. 2017

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