Since mid-December, I have been looking forward to an opportunity to step outside and take a look at Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2. Technically, based off absolute magnitude, it should have been visible to the naked eye since about December 20th...but the moon did not cooperate, rising early and swelling to full through early January, flooding most of the night sky with poisonous light.
Now, for the last week, we have been continuously overcast, quite unusual for Eastern Washington...until today. Today, we had beautiful blue skies(51 degrees)....and the clear skies carried over into the evening, letting me head out with my binoculars, and spotting scope(no real telescope for me!).
After weeks of looking at pictures, tonight was very anticlimactic.
|Very tough to measure up to photo from www.skyandtelescope.com|
I might need to put a telescope on my gift list for this year...