Comet Catalina Blasts Through The Big Dipper, Says Adios!

Comet Catalina, currently the brightest comet in the sky, will be gliding across the Big Dipper this week and next as it heads toward its closest approach to Earth on January 17th at a distance of 67.4 million miles (108.4 million km). It’s about magnitude 6.5 or a bit below the naked eye limit, but visible as…
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Swooning For The Moon And Comet Catalina

The moon’s been killer beautiful the past couple mornings. As the waning crescent has grown ever slender, the earthshine has become ever more amazing. Earthshine is the faint illumination filling out the remainder of the lunar disk caused by sunlight reflected from the Earth to the moon and back. I hate to see the crescent go —…
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Comet Catalina Impresses / See The Moon Cover Venus Monday

Comet Catalina is finally climbing into a dark sky and looks incredibly impressive in deep photos.  Through binoculars you can see a fuzzy blob with a brighter center and hint of a southeastern-pointing dust tail. A telescope will show both the dust and blue-hued gas tails. Tomorrow morning, get ready for a very pretty naked eye…
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Comet Catalina By Moonlight

Just a quick report on Comet Catalina. Moonlight or not, a few of us strode out for a look this morning (Nov. 28). I got up at 5 a.m. and drove to a good eastern horizon spot, set up my scope, a 15-inch (37-cm) reflector, and aimed it the star Lambda in Virgo just above the…
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Comet Catalina Comes Up All Tails / Full Frost Moon / Aldebaran Cover-up

It’s been an exciting week with the return of Comet Catalina to the morning sky. I got my first frozen fingers of the winter season standing along the shore of Lake Superior adjusting camera settings trying to get a photo of the comet. As I write this, the cold is forgotten. What remains is the memory of…
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