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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Comet PANSTARRS - did you see?

Update March 25, 2013: Comet PANSTARRS will be dimming day by day. But you should be able to see it with binoculars. It is next to the constellation Pegasus approaching M31 or the Andromeda Galaxy in the sky. I realized I can't see it in my neighborhood because of light pollution and buildings. The Comet is next to the horizon so make sure nothing blocks your view when looking for PANSTARRS.



Did you see Comet PANSTARRS? Comet PANSTARRS was a comet officially named C/2011 L4 discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) on June 6, 2011.
Comet PANSTARRS
It entered Mercury orbit around March 5-10 and is brightest around March 12-13 near the the Moon and you should see it with the naked eye. By March 25, it should be above Alpharetz in the Pegasus constellation.
But you should be able to see it till May getting close to the Andomeda Galaxy with binoculars. Best time to see it is 60 to 80 minutes after sunset. 

If you want to learn more, go to: http://earthsky.org/space/comet-panstarrs-possibly-visible-to-eye-in-march-2013


To the Stars!
Tanishq




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