3 Pairs or A Tale of Two Tails

   For the past month or so Comet Catalina (C/2013 US 10) has been moving in a northeast direction across my morning skies. It has hovered at around 6th or 7th magnitude making it somewhat visible in binoculars and obviously visible with telescopes. Sadly with my meager photo equipment this comet has so far eluded my efforts. There are some spectacular pictures showing a comet with a greenish tinge and two tails. However that is not the point of this posting.
Bootes, Arcturus and the comet   Over the next several mornings the comet will pass by the reddish star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes the Herdsman. To many the star pattern for this constellation resembles a kite shape and Arcturus is at the bottom of the kite where the kite tail is attached. The animated graphic shows the comet in motion for December 31st and January 1st.
   The morning sky, in addition to the comet – Arcturus pair, also contains two other pairs, or conjunctions. Jupiter has the Moon for a one-day partner and further east toward the horizon is Mars and the bluish star Spica in Virgo.

   
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

Moon Meets Mars

    Sunday, December 6th the 25-day old waning crescent Moon will rise between Mars and the star Spica a couple of hours before local time for sunrise. Then tomorrow, the 7th the Moon will be near Venus and Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10).
    The comet is not really as bright as the graphic suggests but it is visible with binoculars in dark skies.


Stay tuned!

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

Moon Meets Jupiter

Thursday and Friday, December 3rd-4th, the waning gibbous Moon will pass by the planet Jupiter. Over the next few days the Moon, as it wanes, will pass by Mars, and then Venus and Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10).

Stay tuned!

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.