Watch Green Comet Reach Peak Brightness This Week
The comet is shooting through our inner solar system for the first time in 11,000 years.
Keep your eyes on the skies this week and you might spot the glowing, green comet Lovejoy reaching its bright peak in the heavens.
Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy first spotted comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) in August, when it was still flying past Jupiter and visible only through large telescopes. The comet is plunging through the inner solar system for the first time in more than 11,000 years.
To the delight of sky-watchers, the comet has quickly brightened in the Northern Hemisphere's skies since the December holidays, on its way to reaching its expected mid-January peak.
That increase in brightness has come now despite the comet making its closest approach to Earth on January 7, when it was about 44 million