SH011: How to Find Comet Catalina

In Episode SH011 of Star Hopping…

Episode 11 of Star Hopping is out, and it’s exciting! Because there’s some much going on in the morning sky, we’re having a look at 5:30 AM. The most exciting target at that time is the new Comet Catalina!

In the episode we talk about the bright planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, and the go through our star hopping techniques to find Comet Catalina.


Well normally, we have been bringing you Star Hopping techniques to find deep sky objects in the evening, usually around the 9 PM to 11 PM range. We’re going to change things up a bit this week because we have a new visitor to our neck of the solar system, Comet Catalina. This new comet is visible in the pre-dawn hours, and it is easily seen in binoculars and small telescopes, so I felt that we should dedicate an episode to it.

Since we’re going to be up well before dawn, there are also several bright planets we can look at. If you go to the effort of rousing yourself out of bed at 5 AM, we better get some payback for that superhuman effort!

I was really hoping to be able to show you an image capture from KPO of this new comet, but the clouds did not let up in Central Florida this past weekend. I hope to capture Catalina next weekend, which is conveniently New Moon. As soon as we can get a good image, we will post it on our website and on our Facebook page, so keep an eye out…

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Credits for this Episode

  • Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy
  • Comet Catalina image by David Hearn / Kissimmee Park Observatory


1 thought on “SH011: How to Find Comet Catalina”

  1. So I am imaging the comet this morning, and the position as spot on from the video. Gotta love Sky Safari – I use it all the time to locate comets and it is always right.

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