Bush Captures Comet Catalina Flying By Arcturus, To Be Brightest Next Few Mornings

Published Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

By Todd Bush

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Nights have stayed mostly cloudy and rainy in the High Country since late December, but the first night of New Years into the morning of Jan. 2 cleared enough for a look at the lovely pairing of Comet Catalina, which was traveling at over 100,000 mph by bright star Arcturus.

Moonlight prevented seeing much detail in the comet’s tail, but waning moonlight becomes much less of a challenge for seeing this comet at it brightest over the next several pre-dawn mornings. Look east above the trees from 3:30 to 6:30 a.m. using binoculars or a modest telescope.

To see more photos, click to www.bushphoto.com.

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