Panstarrs May 2013 FEA

Comet PANSTARRS For Die-hards

Some of you have asked about a new map for locating famed Comet L4 PANSTARRS as it treks through Cepheus headed for the North Star. Well, here ya’ go. PANSTARRS currently shines around magnitude 7 and should still be easily visible in 50mm or larger binoculars as a faint fuzzy spot with perhaps a hint…
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Will Comet L4 PANSTARRS Live Up To Expectations? A Reality Check

Sometimes that shiny new phone or car doesn’t quite live up to expectations, but we often  overlook their deficiencies and make our peace. We may have to do the same with Comet L4 PANSTARRS. Observers in the southern hemisphere have watched the comet closely since it emerged from the solar glare last month. It’s presently…
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Hergenrother: Mouthful Of A Comet Worth The Bother

The title is my desperate attempt to find a rhyme for this comet’s wonderful name. While I may not have succeeded, that doesn’t change Hergenrother’s status as the coolest comet in amateur telescopes right now. With the moon out of the sky, the next few weeks are ideal for those with 6-inch and larger scopes…
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New Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Could Be Spectacular Sight In Fall 2013

A new comet was discovered inching across Cancer the Crab in the morning sky may knock your socks off next fall. Based on a preliminary orbit, it could become a very bright object beginning in November 2013 for both northern and southern hemisphere sky watchers. C/2012 S1 (ISON), its formal name, was found by Russian…
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PANSTARRS – The Next Bright Comet?

Last June astronomers at the University of Hawaii announced they’d discovered a comet with the 1.8 meter (70.7 inch) telescope atop Mount Haleakala as part of the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System or Pan-STARRS. The survey’s goal is to photograph the entire sky several times a month in search of Earth-approaching comets and asteroids…
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