By Dave Fuller on 8/19/2014 12:59 PM
There aren't a whole lot of comets that are terribly bright right now, but one is making a rather rapid beeline up the northern sky. And a couple of days this month, it will be very close to some rather well-known and easy to find stars. That should make locating the comet quite a bit easier. 

Here's an animated GIF detailing where this comet will be from now through the end of August.

Comet Jacques animated GIF for August 2014

A caveat: This comet is NOT all that bright. It peaked last month in July at around magnitude 5.7, which is fairly bright for many comets that are visible on any given night. But it starts this series of images on August 19 at magnitude 8.3 or so, and will likely drop at least a half to a full magnidue by August 30 that ends this animgated gif. 

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