Comet Lovejoy On Deck

All you backyard astronomers (like Aussie Terry Lovejoy, who actually first discovered the comet bearing his name) should have a better view of this heavenly body during the next few weeks. It's orbit now brings it to a better position and it should be easier to find in the night sky.
Using data from NASA, it was reported on Friday that the comet had a visual magnitude of 4.32, meaning it should be visible from places with limited light pollution like rural areas and outer suburbs. But even if you're in a more populated spot, there's a good chance you can spot it with a pair of binoculars.

To find Lovejoy, simply head outside on a clear night, ideally in the early evening hours just after dark, and look for the constellation Orion. The three bright stars that make up Orion's belt, and the hunter's arrow itself, will roughly be pointing toward the comet over the next week or so. There's a more-detailed illustration here (PDF)

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