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Comet Catalina Came Out To Play

With only a pair of binoculars or a small telescope you can catch Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) from today until February. After passing closest to the sun on November 15th, it is on its way towards us! Mid December you should start to be able to see the comet with the naked eye but it won’t be closest to us until January 17th.  It will be a fainter object though, so be sure to go to areas with limited light pollution or else you might not see it. Below I have a diagram of where to look depending on what day it is. Don’t be intimidated if you don’t know what those constellations are! Just use the app I recommended to compare where those constellations are on this diagram to where they are in your night sky. These constellations are typically up just before dawn, so it is another early morning siting. Don’t miss your chance because this comet is leaving our solar system. During its flyby of the Sun, it gained enough speed to leave the Sun’s grasp forever!

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Diagram by yours truly- fyi ignore the “over head” and use the app I suggest to figure out where these constellations are relative to you

Happy Observing!

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