Comet Lovejoy crossing night sky

  • 10 January 2015
Lovejoy comet Image copyright PA

Stargazers are in for a treat over the next two weeks while the Lovejoy comet makes its closest approach to Earth.

The glowing green comet is crossing the night sky before disappearing off for 8,000 years!

On a clear dark night, the comet can be seen as a small smudge of light with the naked eye.

Through a small telescope or binoculars it appears as a softly glowing, bluish green ball.

Like other comets, Lovejoy is big chunk of ice and dust orbiting the sun.

The last time it passed through the inner solar system was 11,500 years ago.