Whilst not spectacular, Comet 2013 US10 Catalina remains an easy binocular object for UK astronomers. It began the year close to Arcturus and there a lots of great photos of that alignment at spaceweather.com. During January the comet continues to track north eventually passing The Plough and getting within ten degrees of the north celestial pole (and Polaris)
Comet Catalina should be visible with binoculars for the entire month. It is fading: the magnitude drops from +6 to +7 by the start of February. The comet is nearest to Earth on January 17th.
The best time to view Catalina is in the morning sky from about 3.30am until dawn breaks until around January 20th/21st. After that, the comet is so far north that it becomes circumpolar and never sets over the UK. But the optimum time to view Catalina during the last week of the month will be during the evening after the moon has set.
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.