Comets

Comets are a wondrous sight for amateur astronomers. As one approaches it often reveals a tail, slowly unfurling a long ghostly banner of light. Hale-Bopp was a splendid sight during 1996, when multiple jets spewed dust and gas from its nucleus. The clarity of features was outstanding even by historic standards.

Check here for guides and fun tips that you can use to observe comets. While Hale-Bopp won’t return for another 2,500 years, there will certainly be another Comet ISON in the not-so-distant future. You can also check our news section for updates on the latest comets.

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Rosetta’s Comet Beckons At Dawn

We've patiently waited for Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to grow bright enough to see in amateur telescopes. That time has finally arrived. Here's how to spot it before dawn. We've waited a long time for this. Looked at hundreds of close-up photos of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the Rosetta spacecraft since it arrived at the comet a year ago...

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Where To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight

The new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, should brighten from 5th to 4th magnitude from late December through January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.

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Binocular Comet Lovejoy Heading Our Way

A new Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, is heading our way. It may brighten to 5th magnitude from late December through much of January as it climbs into excellent viewing position for the Northern Hemisphere, high in the dark winter sky.