Chico observatory hosting Comet Lovejoy event

Jan 12, 2015 1:38 PM by News Staff

Chico astronomers are in for a treat Tuesday. The Chico Community Observatory will be open Tuesday night, weather permitting, for a special event to view the Comet Lovejoy.

The comet, which has been tracked worldwide since the beginning of the month, made its closest approach to Earth on Jan. 7, at a distance of 43.6 million miles. Even as the comet moves farther away, it has entered a period offering the best viewing -- so bright that though Jan. 24, sky watchers can glimpse its green colors with the naked eye if conditions are good.

The Chico Community Observatory will be open from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. for the event. The observatory is located in Upper Bidwell Park next to Horseshoe Lake and the event is free to the public.

For more information on the Chico Community Observatory visit their Facebook page.


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