The stunning comet: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) discovered by Terry Lovejoy

The stunning comet: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) discovered by Terry Lovejoy

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy using a Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope and the fifth stunning comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy.


What is C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)?

It was discovered at apparent magnitude 15 in the southern constellation of Puppis. Its blue-green glow is the result of organic molecules and water released by the comet fluorescing under the harsh UV and optical light of the sun as it passes through space. The comet was observed to release 21 different organic molecules in gas, including ethanol and glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar. The presence of organic molecules suggests that they are preserved materials synthesized in the outskirts of the solar nebula or at earlier stages of the Solar System formation.

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 John Vermette –  CC BY-SA 4.0
Text: Wikipedia contributors. “C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy).” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 Nov. 2016. Web. 8 Jul. 2017


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