Discovered only in March of this year, Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) was predicted to be one of the brighter comets of 2014.
Although, still fairly faint, Comet Jacques reached a magnitude of +5.66 last month and was visible with just a keen eye and a decent pair of binoculars.
This picture (right), taken by astrophotographer Damian Peach, shows Comet Jacques just days after discovery on March 16th, its coma already clearly visible.
Comet Jacques reached perihelion (its closest point to the Sun) on July 3rd 2014, passing Venus ten days later at a fairly close 7.9 million miles (12.7 million kilometres).
At the end of this month, on August 29th, the comet will be at its closest to Earth at 52,432,000 miles (84.4m kilometres).
Comet Jacques’ (C/2014 E2) Path
Comet Jacques is moving right to left in the following image, its path being depicted by the blue line. The darker blue section indicates when the comet was below the ecliptic plane.
Comete Alpy 600
Spectre réalisé avec Alpy600 monté sur C8 pose 600s autoguidage
Fond De ciel
La difference du spectre brut et du spectre de fond de ciel avec une etoile mag 10 donne l'aspect du spectre de la lumière diffuse de la comète