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Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques), 16-23 August 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques) is a long-period comet discovered by the Brazilian astronomers Cristóvão Jacques Lage de Faria, Eduardo Pimentel and João Ribeiro de Barros on the night of 13 March 2014. In late March, the comet displayed a dense, bright coma visible in a 200 mm telescope. It reached perihelion on 02 July and by mid-month was at peak brightness, approximately magnitude 6, easily visible in binoculars in the morning glow. On 22 August, it passed the star ε Cassiopeiae. During September, it moved rapidly from Cepheus through Cygnus, Vulpecula, Sagitta and into Aquila, fading from magnitude 7 to magnitude 10. In October, it became a very faint object.

I captured the following images of the comet in mid- to late-August using a Skywatcher 200PDS Newtonian on HEQ5 mount.

20140816_C2014E2_DM.jpg 16 August 2014.

20140819_C2014E2_DM.jpg 19 August 2014.

20140823_C2014E2_DM.jpg 23 August 2014.

David Murton