Two Christmas comets will become visible over this holiday season, lighting up the night sky to start off 2015.
C/2014 Q2 Comet Lovejoy and 15p Comet Finlay will soon be passing Mars and on their way into Earths field of view. C/2014 Q2 was last passing Earth some 11,500 years ago, about the time of the Great Flood in Biblical times.
You won’t be able to see them with the naked eye, but a good set of binoculars or a small telescope should do the trick.
Don’t worry about missing these comets with the approaching bad weather this week, both comets will be brightening up in January and should make for a beautiful sight for a few weeks.
They will be glowing with a spectacular green/blue and orangey red hue due to gas particles releasing from the comets, interacting with the Sun’s light.
Solar activity should increase as the Sun begins to interact with these two celestial bodies as it gets closer to the Sun. The comets should reach perihelion later in January 2015.
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