Comet Catalina showing two tails - Tucson News Now

Comet Catalina showing two tails

November 22 capture of Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) by Chris Schur from Payson, Arizona. 90-second exposure. Chris caught this image a few minutes before dawn brightness interfered. Through a telescope, the twin tails are clearly seen. Visit Chris’ astrop November 22 capture of Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) by Chris Schur from Payson, Arizona. 90-second exposure. Chris caught this image a few minutes before dawn brightness interfered. Through a telescope, the twin tails are clearly seen. Visit Chris’ astrop
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Comet Catalina has two tails!

The image below snapped by Chris Schur in Payson shows the tails. According to EarthSky.org, "most comets do show two tails: a dust tail and a plasma tail of ionized gas. These tails point away from the sun and are usually not related to the direction of travel. Instead, the tails are related to how the gases and dust react to solar heat."

Just in case you are wondering, this comet is named after the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. It was discovered by astronomers using a telescope on top of Mt. Lemmon. 

The comet is becoming brighter and could soon be seen by the naked eye. Click here to find out when and where to look in the sky.

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