Comet Week kicks off on Monday, December 7th. Comet Catalina (C/2013 US 10) is becoming easier to spot this month, and if you time it just right, you might even be able to see it with the naked eye on in the early hours.
Catalina made its closest approach to the sun on November 15th, and it’s on its way back past the Earth during the month of December. As the nights drag on, the skies begin to darken, and the comet makes its way higher on the horizon it will become easier to spot, possibly even becoming a Naked Eye Comet on the 7th.
What is a comet, and what makes them one of the most interesting objects floating around in the vastness of space? We’ll find out during Slooh’s live show on Monday, December 7th, where Slooh Astronomer, Bob Berman will take us on a journey to the origins of the universe as we follow this interstellar snowball on its high speed journey.
If that isn’t enough for you, we’ll also have tips on how you might be able to see this rare sight for yourself. We’ll point you in the right direction, tell you the best times to look, and offer tips on the kinds of equipment you might want to bring along with you on your journey.
This comet’s appearance also coincides with an important day of remembrance for the United States: the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the event that launched the US into the second World War. During the show, we’ll take the opportunity to speak with the Naval Observatory about their work tracking the skies, their mission, and thank them for their continued service to the United States.
The Comet Catalina will remain in the skies for more than a month, and Slooh will be tracking it through the winter holiday season. Keep coming back for updates!