Look For Comet Pan-STARRS Tonight!

Posted on: 6:11 pm, March 14, 2013, by , updated on: 06:55am, March 15, 2013

Comet Pan-STARRS remains a very faint and barely discernible object with the unaided eye, but with cloud-cover expected to be prevalent late Friday through next Tuesday, tonight will be one of our better opportunities to see it.  Look west tonight just after sunset a little below the crescent moon and you’ll find the faint comet.  The graphic below (courtesy of spaceweather.com shows the location of the comet tonight.  Using binoculars or a small telescope will improve your chances of seeing the comet’s tail.
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The photo below was taken by Chris Cook in Cape Cod last night.  The photo is a 2 second exposure capturing more light and detail from the comet.
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It won’t be this dramatic to the naked eye tonight, but the photo gives you an idea of what you are looking for.  Good luck, I’ll be out there looking for it as well!  -Zach
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CLICK HERE for our earlier blog posting on this March Comet.