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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Here Comes Comet Catalina – A Viewing Guide

A new comet graces the morning sky! New for northern observers anyway. After parading around this summer for skywatchers down under, Comet Catalina passed perihelion (closest approach to the sun) on Nov. 15th and emerged into the glow of dawn for observers in both hemispheres. I tried to see it this morning but was outdone by a…
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Rosetta’s Comet Undergoes Dramatic Outburst

Just 9 days after making its closest approach to the sun, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko underwent a dramatic outburst. A crack or hole in its crust allowed a bottled-up bubble of dust-laden gas to spew into space in a grand display. Comets, being made of ice and dirt, shed most heavily when nearest the sun as 67P/C-G was…
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