Skip to comments.Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn
Posted on 07/12/2014 12:21:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has returned! Before it disappeared in the solar glow this spring, the comet reached magnitude +6, the naked eye limit. Now its back at dawn, rising higher each morning as it treks toward darker skies. Just days after its July 2 perihelion, the fuzzball will be in conjunction with the planet Venus tomorrow morning July 13. With Mercury nearby, you may have the chance to see this celestial Rat Pack tucked within a 8° circle.
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Extra to APoD. Thanks BenLurkin.
Beautiful, thank you!
Despite Spica being a binary star with a luminosity 12,000 times that of the sun, the event is not expect to harm Mars. In fact, in 1783 Venus actually occulted Spica without suffering any damage.
My pleasure. I’ve been on a Holst kick lately.
Hackpen Hill, nr Winterbourne Bassett, Wiltshire. United Kingdom. Reported 8th July.
Or rather I should have said, comets can move in an apparent spiral around and behind the sun and back out again, from the perspective of Earth - as Comet Jacques is, and then moving past Venus, which can be a crescent.
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