Since C/2012 K1's discovery two years ago, this first-time visitor from the outer solar system has brightened steadily and is now within reach of a small telescope and even binoculars.
Thanks to a generous bequest, each year amateur astronomers earn a beautiful plaque and a cash prize for discovering one or more comets.
Comets are notorious for not following predictions, but even judging the magnitude of a bright comet that's right in front of you is not straightforward.
Although large, bright comets are infrequent visitors to our skies, faint comets appear on a regular basis. Here are some observing hints that will make your comet-watching more enjoyable.
So you think you’ve found a comet? Here are some steps to follow in verifying your find.
Ever wonder how somebody actually finds a comet, and what happens when he does? Here's one astronomer's story.