|16 Nov 2015||– C/2013 US10 (Catalina) at perihelion|
|09 Jan 2016||– C/2013 US10 (Catalina) reaches its brightest|
|17 Jan 2016||– C/2013 US10 (Catalina) at perigee|
|19 Dec 2015||Virgo||Visible from 04:10 until 06:16|
Highest at 06:16, 40° above SE horizon
|21 Dec 2015||Virgo||Visible from 03:55 until 06:17|
Highest at 06:17, 43° above SE horizon
|23 Dec 2015||Virgo||Visible from 03:39 until 06:18|
Highest at 06:18, 46° above SE horizon
|25 Dec 2015||Bootes||Visible from 03:23 until 06:19|
Highest at 06:19, 50° above SE horizon
|27 Dec 2015||Bootes||Visible from 03:06 until 06:20|
Highest at 06:20, 53° above SE horizon
|29 Dec 2015||Bootes||Visible from 02:48 until 06:20|
Highest at 06:20, 57° above SE horizon
|31 Dec 2015||Bootes||Visible from 02:30 until 06:21|
Highest at 06:21, 60° above SE horizon
|02 Jan 2016||Bootes||Visible from 02:10 until 06:21|
Highest at 06:21, 64° above SE horizon
|04 Jan 2016||Bootes||Visible from 01:49 until 06:22|
Highest at 06:22, 69° above SE horizon
|06 Jan 2016||Bootes||Visible from 01:27 until 06:22|
Highest at 06:22, 74° above SE horizon
|08 Jan 2016||Bootes||Visible from 01:03 until 06:22|
Highest at 06:22, 78° above SE horizon
|10 Jan 2016||Bootes||Visible from 00:36 until 06:22|
Highest at 06:22, 81° above E horizon
|12 Jan 2016||Canes Venatici||Visible from 00:06 until 06:21|
Highest at 06:21, 83° above NE horizon
|14 Jan 2016||Canes Venatici||Visible from 23:27 until 06:21|
Highest at 06:21, 81° above N horizon
|16 Jan 2016||Ursa Major||Visible from 22:47 until 06:21|
Highest at 06:21, 77° above N horizon
|18 Jan 2016||Ursa Major||Visible from 21:56 until 06:20|
Highest at 06:09, 71° above N horizon
|20 Jan 2016||Draco||Visible from 18:24 until 06:19|
Highest at 05:50, 66° above N horizon
|22 Jan 2016||Draco||Visible from 18:26 until 06:18|
Highest at 05:26, 61° above N horizon
|24 Jan 2016||Draco||Visible from 18:28 until 06:17|
Highest at 04:54, 56° above N horizon
|26 Jan 2016||Camelopardalis||Visible from Visible all night|
Highest at 04:08, 52° above N horizon
|28 Jan 2016||Camelopardalis||Visible from Visible all night|
Highest at 02:58, 49° above N horizon
On 9 January it will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 22:48 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 78° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:20.
The chart below shows the path of C/2013 US10 (Catalina) over the course of its apparition, as calculated from the orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC). It is available for download, either on dark background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats, or on a light background, in PNG, PDF or SVG formats. It was produced using StarCharter.
Comets are intrinsically highly unpredictable objects, since their brightness depends on the scattering of sunlight from dust particles in the comet's coma and tail. This dust is continually streaming away from the comet's nucleus, and its density at any particular time is governed by the rate of sublimation of the ice in the comet's nucleus, as it is heated by the Sun's rays. It also depends on the amount of dust that is mixed in with that ice. This is very difficult to predict in advance, and can be highly variable even between successive apparitions of the same comet.
In consequence, while the future positions of comets are usually known with a high degree of confidence, their future brightnesses are not. For most comets, we do not publish any magnitude estimates at all. For the few comets where we do make estimates, we generally prefer the BAA's magnitude parameters to those published by the Minor Planet Center, since they are typically updated more often.
No estimate for the brightness of comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) is currently available.
The comet's position on 9 January 2016 will be:
|Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)||14h10m30s||+33°43'||Bootes||5.8|
The coordinates are given in J2000.0.
|The sky on 09 January 2016|
29 days old
All times shown in EST.
This event was automatically generated on the basis of orbital elements published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) , and is updated whenever new elements become available. It was last updated on 18 Jul 2020.