Comet Catalina made its closest pass by Earth this past weekend. Though it never became bright enough to be visible to the naked eye, it was very popular with photographers from around the world. Here are some of the results, courtesy of earthsky.com.
Above: Comet Catalina on January 15, 2016, just before its closest point to Earth. Photo by Paul Howell in Weston, Somerset, UK.
Above: Comet Catalina near the reddish star Antares in the constellation Bootes – on the morning of New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016 – by Chris Levitan Photography.
Greg Hogan caught the comet on December 16, 2015. He wrote: “Hey, wanted to share an unexpected surprise. I was imaging Catalina this morning and when I reviewed the shots, I noticed something in the image, turns out it is a galaxy!” In fact, it’s the galaxy NGC 5496.
Comet Catalina caught on December 6, 2015 by Brian D. Ottum in Rancho Hidalgo, New Mexico.
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