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Comet Panstarrs visible with your naked eye

Once in a lifetime opportunity to catch the comet Panstarrs with your naked eye as it passes the Sun. It should shine in its fullest on March 10, read on if you don't want to miss it.

  Author: Spaceman | Source: earthsky.org | 7th March 2013  

In early march it might be possible for you to see comet Pan-STARRS without a telescope. People in the southern hemisphere have been already observing it with the help of binoculars. The comet should shine the brightest on March 10 when it will be closest to the sun, approximately the same distance as the sun's nearest planet Mercury which is about 28 million miles (45 million km). The comet could be visible from the northern hemisphere with the naked eye.

You have a chance of spotting the Panstarrs tomorrow as well, by looking into the sunset direction as soon as the sky darkens. The picture of the comet Panstarrs you can see above was taken in Western Australia by Michael Gon. NASA released the video which can help you locate the comet Panstarr so you will be sure not to miss it. This event really is once in a life time opportunity as the comet is considered to be a non-periodic comet, meaning it probably took it millions of years to come visit our solar system.


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NikMan, 8th Mar 2013, 4:15 AM
I will try not to forget to watch this event.
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