Comet 2014 E2 Jacques continues its journey across the sky and along the Milky Way in September.
The magnitude (brightness) estimates are shown below the dates. The is visible with binoculars at the start of the month but will require moderate sized telescopes to be seen by the end of September. Having said that, Comet Jacques is superbly placed for UK observers; visible for much of the night for most of the month and almost overhead for the first coople of weeks in September. Also unfortunate is that observations will be hampered by moonlight during the first half of September.
There are a couple of nice photo opportunities before Comet Jacques departs our sky. On the evening of September 14th the comet will be less than 1 degree from the celebrated double star Albireo in Cygnus. And on September 19th and 20th it will pass to the west of Brocchi's Cluster (aka The Coathanger).
I took this picture on August 30th when Comet Jacques flew past the Garnet Star in Cepheus.
Comet Jacques is leaving the inner solar system and activity on the surface is shutting down. It may return to our skies one day - but not for at least 22,000 years.
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