Comet Lovejoy was captured last week passing well in front of spiral galaxy M63.
Discovered only three months ago and currently near its maximum
Comet Lovejoy can be seen near the
Big Dipper from dark northerly locations
before dawn with the unaided eye.
An unexpected rival to
C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy),
pictured above, is currently sporting a large green coma and a beautifully textured
Comet Lovejoy is now headed back to the outer
Solar System but should remain a
good site in
for another few weeks.
Conversely, spiral galaxy
M63, lies far in the distance and is
on the sky and hold its relative
brightness for at least the next few million years.