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Comet Jacques is now gradually fading in brightness but is currently superbly placed for observation from Northern Hemisphere latitudes. The comet started August in Auriga and at magnitude +6.7 was easily within binocular and small telescope range. Through the eyepiece it displayed a bright condensed coma with a short tail.

Location and star chart

Jacques is currently continuing on its northwesterly path and moved into Perseus on August 5th where it remains until the 15th. On this date, the comet passes into the faint constellation of Camelopardalis and is expected to have faded slightly to magnitude +6.8. It then moves into Cassiopeia on August 19th before crossing into Cepheus on August 27th, where it stays for the remainder of the month.

From northern latitudes, the comet is visible during August high in the sky towards the east in the early hours of the morning. The visibility improves as the month progresses. From latitudes of 40N or greater, Jacques is circumpolar during the second half of August, hence never setting. It should remain within binocular range although by months end is expected to have faded to magnitude +7.4

From Southern Hemisphere latitudes, the comet won't be visible again until early September. The finder chart below shows the positions of Jacques from August 11 to August 22, 2014.

Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) Finder Chart from August 11 to 22, 2014

Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) Finder Chart from August 11 to 22, 2014 - pdf format

C/2014 E2 (Jacques) Data (at epoch May 23, 2014)

NameC/2014 E2 (Jacques)
DiscovererCristovao Jacques, Eduardo Pimentel and Joao Ribeiro de Barros
Discovery dateMarch 13, 2014
Aphelion (AU)1445.3
Perihelion (AU)0.66384
Semi-major axis722.98
Orbital period (years)19440
Inclination (degrees) 156.39
Longitude of ascending node (degrees)56.389
Perihelion July 2, 2014
Notes Magnitude +14.7 at discovery

Comet (C/2014 E2) Jacques Data Table

DateRight AscensionDeclinationMag.Distance from Earth (AU)Constellation
01 Aug 201405h 03m 24s36d 59m 41s6.51.048Auriga
02 Aug 201405h 00m 43s37d 51m 41s6.51.024Auriga
03 Aug 201404h 57m 52s38d 45m 56s6.60.999Auriga
04 Aug 201404h 54m 49s39d 42m 35s6.60.975Auriga
05 Aug 201404h 51m 33s40d 41m 47s6.60.951Auriga
06 Aug 201404h 48m 00s41d 43m 41s6.60.927Perseus
07 Aug 201404h 44m 10s42d 48m 25s6.70.903Perseus
08 Aug 201404h 39m 59s43d 56m 07s6.70.879Perseus
09 Aug 201404h 35m 24s45d 06m 54s6.70.855Perseus
10 Aug 201404h 30m 22s46d 20m 53s6.70.832Perseus
11 Aug 201404h 24m 46s47d 38m 08s6.70.809Perseus
12 Aug 201404h 18m 33s48d 58m 38s6.80.787Perseus
13 Aug 201404h 11m 35s50d 22m 21s6.80.765Perseus
14 Aug 201404h 03m 45s51d 49m 07s6.80.744Perseus
15 Aug 201403h 54m 53s53d 18m 36s6.80.723Camelopardalis
16 Aug 201403h 44m 46s54d 50m 19s6.80.703Camelopardalis
17 Aug 201403h 33m 12s56d 23m 28s6.80.684Camelopardalis
18 Aug 201403h 19m 54s57d 56m 57s6.80.667Camelopardalis
19 Aug 201403h 04m 34s59d 29m 12s6.90.650Cassiopeia
20 Aug 201402h 46m 52s60d 58m 04s6.90.634Cassiopeia
21 Aug 201402h 26m 28s62d 20m 46s6.90.619Cassiopeia
22 Aug 201402h 03m 09s63d 33m 48s6.90.606Cassiopeia
23 Aug 201401h 36m 49s64d 33m 05s7.00.595Cassiopeia
24 Aug 201401h 07m 42s65d 14m 09s7.00.585Cassiopeia
25 Aug 201400h 36m 27s65d 32m 48s7.00.577Cassiopeia
26 Aug 201400h 04m 06s65d 25m 52s7.10.571Cassiopeia
27 Aug 201423h 31m 57s64d 51m 54s7.10.567Cepheus
28 Aug 201423h 01m 13s63d 51m 32s7.20.564Cepheus
29 Aug 201422h 32m 51s62d 27m 19s7.20.564Cepheus
30 Aug 201422h 07m 24s60d 43m 01s7.30.566Cepheus
31 Aug 201421h 44m 59s58d 42m 59s7.40.570Cepheus

See also

Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) now within small telescope range
Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) visible with binoculars and small scopes
Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) passes north of the "W" of Cassiopeia
Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) remains within binocular range
Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) high in the sky during September