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.