C/2014 E2 Jacques is a long-period comet discovered
by the Brazilian astronomers Cristóvćo Jacques Lage de Faria, Eduardo
Pimentel and Joćo Ribeiro de Barros on the night of 13 March 2014. It was the second comet discovered by the SONEAR Observatory team after comet C/2014 A4.
Observations were made with a 0.45-meter (17.7-inch) f/2.9 wide-field reflector telescope with equatorial assembly and CCD camera at the Southern Observatory for Near Earth Asteroids Research (SONEAR), located near Oliveira, Minas Gerais, Brazill.
In late March 2014, C/2014 E2 (Jacques) appeared to contain a dense, bright coma (11.5-12 magnitude), visible with an 8-inch telescope. It crossed the celestial equator on 8 May 2014 becoming a northern hemisphereobject. From 3 June 2014 until 17 July 2014 it had an elongation less than 30 degrees from the Sun. The comet was visible in LASCO C3 on 21 June 2014. C/2014 E2 peaked around apparent magnitude 6 in mid-July and was visible in binoculars above the glow of morning twilight
I pulled the solar scopes yesterday and installed the Comet Hunter!!!
The Astro-Tech AT8IN Imaging Newtonian!!
Comet Jacques in in Auriga in the morning sky and looking good, even in the moonlight.
I hope to get images this weekend, weather permitting!
C/2014 E2 passed 0.085 AU (12,700,000 km; 7,900,000 mi) from Venus on 13 July 2014. On 20 July 2014 the comet was near the naked eye star Beta Tauri.
On 22 August 2014 it passed Epsilon Cassiopeiae. It reached perigee (closest approach to Earth) on 28 August 2014, at 0.56 AU (84,000,000 km; 52,000,000 mi).
Image shot August 24th, 2014 with my Olympus OM-1 Astrocamera and 50mm 1.18 Zuiko Lens.The comet passed about 3 degrees from Deneb from 4–5 September 2014. On 14 September the comet was near Albireo
shot August 24th, 2014 with my Olympus OM-1 Astrocamera and 300mm
Tamron lens. By October 2014 the comet had dimmed to 10th magnitude.