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C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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C/2014 Q2 as imaged 19 January 2015
Discovered by Terry Lovejoy
0.2-m Schmidt (Q80)
Discovery date 17 August 2014
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 18 January 2015
Perihelion 1.29077 AU (q)
Eccentricity 0.99811
Orbital period ~11000 years inbound (Barycentric solution for epoch 1950)
~8000 years outbound
(Barycentric solution for epoch 2050)
Inclination 80.301°
Last perihelion 30 January 2015

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy using a 0.2-meter (8 in) Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope. It was discovered at apparent magnitude 15 in the southern constellation of Puppis. It is the fifth comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy. 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.

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