Comets have been shown to be unpredictable. Sometimes comets even disintegrate. But these comets are well worth following!

Comet PANSTARRS (C/2014 S2) and Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) are currently cruising our sky enabling astronomers to shoot awesome pictures.

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Pictures of Comet Panstarrs (left) and Comet Catalina (right)

Comet PANSTARRS (C/2014 S2) will reach perihelion in early December.

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Picture of Comet PANSTARRS by Michael Jäger on November 24, 2015 from Weißenkirchen Austria

In mid January 2016 this comet will pass within 0.7 AU of the earth.

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Two different tails behind the bright green Comet Panstarrs. Picture: Rolando Ligustri from New Mexico USA

Comet PANSTARRS (C/2014 S2) is a northern hemisphere morning comet visible in binoculars. This comet begins the month in Draco at magnitude 8.8. Look for a 2.5′ coma. It should remain constant.

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Comets could easily be taken for giant fireballs. Picture: Dr Paolo Candy from Italy

Meanwhile Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) reached perihelion in mid November.

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The two tails of Comet Catalina by Michael Jäger from Austria

In mid January 2016 this comet will pass within 0.7 AU of the earth.

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Comet Catalina in the sky over Spain by José J. Chambó

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) will gradually become easier to spot this week, even in binoculars.

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This comet looks like a flying spaceshift. Photo by Liu Ning from Beijing

Comet Catalina is showing two tails.

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As if Catalina was exploding in the sky. Image by Akihiro Yamazaki from Japan

Most comets do show two tails: a dust tail and a plasma tail of ionized gas.

These tails are usually not related to the direction of travel but are related to how the gases and dust react to solar heat.

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The intense two tails of Comet Catalina by the Sormano Astronomical Observatory in Italy

Comet Catalina was closest to the sun on November 15 (perihelion). Current magnitude ranges between 6.5 and 6.1. Using binoculars, the comet will appear as a small fuzzy patch of light.

It’s really comet chasing time as sometimes they just disappear.

How did you find these beautiful pictures of Comet Catalina and Comet Panstarrs?

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