Comet Lovejoy on December 23, 2014. Photo by Gerald Rhemann. The wonderful New Year’s comet – Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy – is at its closest to Earth on January 7. It’s (probably) at its brightest in our sky beginning around January 7, for the next couple of weeks... the moon is now waning, rising an hour later each evening. You’ll have a window of dark-sky viewing – from the end of twilight until moonrise – from about January 7 to 24.
Point your telescope toward the high flying constellation Pegasus and you can find this expanse of Milky Way stars and distant galaxies. Centered on NGC 7814, the pretty field of view would almost be covered by a full moon. NGC 7814 is sometimes called the Little Sombrero for its resemblance to the brighter more famous M104, the Sombrero Galaxy.