The astronomers and the space lovers across the world are closely monitoring the newly discovered comet Lovejoy as it is offering a rare sight with its glowing green rays after 11,000 Years.
Comet Lovejoy will offer the northern stargazers an exciting view in the night sky as it will get the closest to Earth than ever before.
Today’s night sky would definitely be a delightful experience as the stargazers could see the comet with their naked eye in low-light environments.
According to the astronomers, the sky lookers in the Northern hemisphere can spot this greenish-looking space rock after it crosses the celestial equator.
At present, it is around 43,600,000 miles away from the planet Earth. The scientists are expecting that the comet’s greenish glow will be shiniest for a two-week period.
The comet is glowing in green color due to the diatomic carbon gas that is fluorescing in the sunlight.
Even though the comet will visible from the naked eye, but the scientists suggest use of telescope or binoculars for better clarity.
Astronomer Geoff Wyatt has asked the comet watchers to quit their smoking habit, at least till January 24th, as the comet will be best viewed on that day only if the sky is clear.
Australian amatuer astronomer discovered Comet Lovejoy on August 17, 2014 from his observatory at the rooftop in Queensland, Australia.
The scientists said that the glowing green comet is shining at +5.0 magnitude and it is expected to shine more than double by middle of this month.
According to the astronomers, Comet Lovejoy was the brightest on January 7 due to its closest proximity with the Earth, i.e. 43.6 million miles away only.
Comet Lovejoy, also called C/2014 Q2, will pass Orion constellation and move through Taurus into Aries in the coming weeks.